This will be Michelle’s second solo exhibition presented by Gallery 139, now available online here, developed from her travels during 2019 in Australia with her young family over 3 months. This body of work is based on the last part of the journey in the Pilbara area of Western Australia. Teear talks about how this particular landscape, the arid landscape struck something inside her, something she is still trying to understand. These paintings are the result of this amazing experience.
“On my first visit to the Pilbara in 2019 I saw those hills for the second time. Under a carpet pierced with light, we dreamt of another time. Here in this place by Dales gorge I saw what Fred (Williams) saw, these ancient rocks, the bones of our country, of an age we cannot fathom, here to see, here to rest by, here to wake to. Williams painted these hills, this landscape, and so to me it is familiar. It is in these rocks that I find a slow pace that I can depend on, that is unmoving in our eyes. I can look there and it is the same. To this land I am nothing, to me it is everything."