July 25, 2024


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Evie Cahir’s Luminous + Emotive Art Practice

Evie Cahir’s studio place inside of her Abbotsford condominium has the most effective light-weight and the smoothest floors. It is the great setup for her operate, which sees her laying sheets of paper alongside the flooring, and acquiring on her arms and knees to grind, smudge and blend pastels on to her perform. 

It’s a actual physical and slow system, says Evie, who uses oil sticks, smooth pastels, gouache (opaque watercolour) and pencils to generate vivid, radiant artwork, entire of luminous colour.

‘I get the job done throughout lots of pieces at once, ordinarily 4 or 5. Depending on sizing, I may possibly invest five to six hours distribute amongst numerous works… this is to make absolutely sure I really don’t have time to 2nd guess any selections – I just enable it all out!,’ she points out. 

It is a believe in in this fervor that guides Evie to create her pieces, which are imbued with – and influenced by – emotion and experience. 

‘It’s a frenzy at moments for the lesser works. But for bigger gradient functions, it’s a drawn out ritual of cleansing the studio, layering the pastel shades to make the experience I experienced in intellect, allowing it sit and dry immediately after placing it, portray more than locations or cropping elements that stood out as unique.’ 

She’s influenced by sunrises, sunsets, light-weight and shadow, and a lot more explicitly by ‘the joyous feeling of using off in a airplane, sheets drying on the line outside, new smells… and currently being on your own, but not lonely’. 

These references are built even a lot more apparent in the delightful titles Evie chooses for her will work, such as, ‘Tasting Notes: like a warm bathtub for your eyes you are swimming in a enormous Rockpool and a girl paddles more than and yells “it’s like swimming in champagne!“‘ and ‘Sky With A Velvet Finish… walking all-around the block as I wait around for my fish & chips’.

Titles so in-depth, it’s tricky not to glimpse at the vivid operates devoid of observing and being familiar with the exact sentiment explained. ‘Naming performs is my favourite part of owning an exhibition,’ the artist admits.

Her most current solo present, ‘We’ve Acquired That However’ at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne, correctly captured the celebration and exploration of the potent emotion that so evokes her operate. 

‘Artistically, my voice keeps finding more powerful and stronger,’ she claims, ‘I turned 30 this 12 months, I’ve been seeking forward to currently being this age given that I was tiny – and it is even greater than I thought. Now, I search ahead to an even stronger voice when I’m 60!’