Image credit: 'It's Messy' by Sharon Monagle.
About the exhibition
Local artist Sharon Monagle presents a new solo exhibition of portrait and landscape paintings for Mental Health Week 2017. Monagle’s interests in mental health and mental illness are positioned in this exhibition as being on two sides of the same coin. She finds her art practice to be a useful tool to help explore, understand and to empathise with people's experiences. Whilst still experimenting with style and technique, a degree of abstraction in her works reminds us that we all see the same thing differently: our perceptions are distorted by our own experiences, moods, and biases.
“In this exhibition I hope to draw attention to the manifold presentations of mental illness, to remind people that it occurs not in isolation but in context, that it is no more or less terrifying than any other illness, and that it can affect any one of us – be we bankers, DJs, doctors or sportsmen. By depicting mental illness in this way – as it really occurs – I hope to dispel myths and to promote understanding and empathy where instead there might be fear and prejudice.
- Sharon Monagle
about the artist
Sharon Monagle is a Melbourne-based artist whose artworks seek to represent the spectrum of human experience. A medical practitioner, she finds art a useful tool to explore, understand and to empathise with people's experiences - their reactions to self, to others and to the world around them.