“Chambre”, Zara Matthews’ solo exhibition with the Eagle Gallery, presents a portrait of a room through an installation of paintings. The exhibition follows Matthews’ first “room portrait”, which was shown at the Whitechapel Gallery’s “East End Academy – The Painting Edition” exhibition in 2009.
The recreation of the light and atmosphere of the bedroom of a converted chapel in the north of France comments upon the relationship between painting and photography. The room acts as a metaphor for the way that light floods into a camera and is captured and locked in time as an image.
The paintings were initiated from a series of photographs Matthews made in the room. Having gone to sleep in the dark she awoke to the content and details of the space revealed in the early morning. The artist’s eye roams the walls, furniture and corners, dwelling on the intimate, domestic details revealed.
The process of painting introduces a different element of time and these haunting and evocative fragments speak of desire and memory in their recreation of place.
“Chambre” is on at the Eagle Gallery from 16 September – 21 October 2011.
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