Briana Duffy

Reflections: The Sanctity of the Domestic

Intro image 2
"Happy Hour", 1.65 x 2 metres, Mixed media on canvas (Loosely stretched on wooden frames)

These works command the space, juxtaposing the content within. I have been preoccupied this year with exploring the sanctification of the everyday mundane, and how a repeated act can become ritualistic. I also seek to interweave this sacred space with ideas of domesticity, femininity, and my own relationship with spirituality.

I apply the demon-like figure to bring a sense of humour to the works while simultaneously commenting on the relationship between religion and the domestic space. The demon also works as an extension of myself - brushing teeth, meeting up with a friend for Friday drinks, and watering house plants. Each of the paintings is encompassed by large gestural brushstrokes, scratchy pastel crayon markings, and thick, dripping spray paint lines that flow in and around the domestic spaces depicted, creating simultaneous feelings of loneliness and comfort.

“The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerise myself to reach a deeper state of mind.”
— Mason Currey, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
Left image
"Domestic Goddess", 0.5 x 1 metres, Mixed media on un-stretched canvas (Loosely stretched on wooden frames)
Right image
"Reflection", 1.45 x 1.83 metres, Mixed media on un-stretched canvas and linen
Middle image2

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