Fiona McMonagle  2020 Classy, Bayside Gallery

Classy –  14 March to 10 May, 2020

Melbourne-based artist Fiona McMonagle is well-known for her watercolours that probe the darker side of pedestrian life in the suburbs.

Featuring watercolour, oil painting and video works that span the last decade plus a suite of new paintings, this major exhibition focuses on notions of class within Australian society, and recollections of suburban youth subculture.

Close to life-size and at times confron­­­­­­­­ting, a large number female subjects – featuring pop culture icons, friends and archetypal others – illustrate McMonagle’s exploratory use of the watercolour medium. These delicate yet brutal works convey the ambiguities of representing ourselves and others.

A special feature is the ambitious animation ‘The park at the end of my road’, which is displayed for the first time since its commission by the 2016 Adelaide Biennial.