Voltaire rubs shoulders with MC Hammer in Linda Marrinon's latest exhibition of figure sculptures. In Marrinon's pantheon each character confidently inhabits a particular historical moment. The figures are classical in spirit (and in presentation), but playfully inaccurate anatomically. Initially formed from clay, Marrinon is careful to preserve in the raw, ‘handmade-ness’ of her plaster and bronze casts. Accessories formed from plaster-soaked muslin are added at the end, bringing the personalities to life: a poncho, a bracelet, a handbag strap. Marrinon's skill as a painter and caricaturist is brought to her work in sculpture. In these painterly plaster casts, features are exaggerated or simplified to capture the essence of an individual, the spirit of a time.
Linda Marrinon has been exhibiting with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 1983. She has been the subject of major survey shows at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne and The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Marrinon has been included in numerous group exhibitions including, ‘Australian Perspecta’ (1983 and 1999), ‘Word’ (1999) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, ‘Lost and Found: the TarraWarra Biennale of Art’ (2009) curated by Charlotte Day and ‘Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009). Marrinon’s paintings and sculptures are held by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney as well as numerous private and corporate collections. In 2001, Marrinon was a recipient of the prestigious Samstag Fellowship which permitted her to study at the New York Academy of Art. In 2008 Chris McAuliffe authored an important monograph on Marrinon’s work, ‘Let Her Try’, published by Craftsman House. Figure Sculpture 2011 is Marrinon’s 9th solo exhibition with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Exhibition opening: Thursday 16 June, 6 - 8pm Exhibition dates: 16 June – 9 July, 2011 Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 11am - 6pm