26. Revival – Sonia Payes (Vic)
Type C print Edition 1/1
90 x 135 cms
“Man personifies humanity and the collective relationship with the land. This landscape is obscured, sheathed in a white mist, concealing and encroaching, yet there is hope. The mist parts at ground level, seeming to say, ‘come forward, but gently. Be humble and caring towards me, for I have been scarred and need help to mend, to regenerate.’ This silent plea is heard. Mankind takes the cue from nature, walking humbly on, and together, man and landscape journey forward, seeking a future as one.”
Sonia Payes is a conceptual artist working with photography, multi-media, animation and sculpture, who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. A strong environmental narrative permeates Payes’ works and the cycle of re-creation is explored in her wildly dystopian landscapes and portraits. Payes has exhibited in public and private galleries and museums nationally and internationally. She is represented in numerous public galleries Australia, and prestigious private collections in Australia, Shanghai, Beijing, Switzerland and Belgium, and was the winner of the 2019 NOW Contemporary Art Prize held at Shoalhaven Art Gallery, NSW. Payes is represented by Scott Livesey Galleries.