Carla McRae, The Form is the Feeling

“I’ve been enjoying exploring new processes of navigating and translating my internal dialogue with the world — finding more nuanced ways of giving form to feelings. Shape, colour, line and texture offer a freeing, invigorating and consoling place to retreat to when the world feels uncertain and fractured.
The work in this show was created over a two year period, spanning a residency in Belgrave in 2019 exploring new mediums and processes, drawing as meditative exercise during the isolation of 2020, and bringing it all together this year in the studio.

The Form is the Feeling is a space where the mind and body can come to rest. These new works evoke the forms of nature and emotion, radiating energy, life and colour. How to express the optimism of a morning, warmth of the sun, blades of grass in a breeze, the melancholy of nostalgia? Can one find a portrait of the self in the shape of a leaf or a flower?

What colour captures the essence of a feeling? How to hold the micro and macro, light and dark, in the same hand all at once? Sometimes it is a comfort to know that a perfect puzzle of fragmented pieces makes something whole.”

Carla McRae works as both an artist and illustrator across multiple mediums, such as drawing, digital illustration, sculpture, installation, murals and publications. With her signature blend of both detail and minimalism she creates bright, colourful work with bold forms and fine lines. McRae is influenced by cartoons, popular culture and everyday observation. Thematically her work often explores the realm of emotions, evoking hope, happiness and optimism through dynamic and playful visual narratives.

McRae completed a Bachelor of Arts (Design & Communication) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has exhibited her work in galleries around Australia and is represented commercially by The Jacky Winter Group.

The Form is the Feeling runs until July 11. To see the full listing click here.

Install images by Carli Wilson Photography.