Sara Meltzer Gallery is pleased to present Trouble Loves Me, the fifth solo exhibition by Scottish artist Moyna Flannigan.
In Trouble Loves Me Flannigan resists narrative and takes us further into an interior world of colossal figures who stand defiantly like mythical figures caught against the tide. In this new series of large paintings Amazonian women gather smaller figures in their arms, kneel amidst a scattering of human bones or tower over a bed of hot coals. Tumultuous brushstrokes and volcanic color reflect the convulsive nature of their experience and give form to the natural world in which these powerful women are exposed. They emerge from within the uncontrollable force of nature, as if released from chaos and driven to create and destroy. Set against horizontal shorelines their long limbs and powerful stances are accentuated and in some cases their legs are truncated or hidden at the knees, appearing as if they emerge from the place in which they stand. Correlations between mankind and an unending war can be drawn, and with the precarious condition of our environment, but moreover these paintings illuminate a sense of being which endures no matter what.