Monica Rohan creates intriguing self-portraits, depicting figures engulfed in their vivid settings and surrounds. Intricately detailed, her paintings and drawings are playful and narrative-driven, conveying her sense of imagination; in Rohan’s works, viewers can imagine taking cover under a pile of laundry or climbing walls filled with ivy.
Rohan's carefully composed paintings reveal a love of pattern, detail and colour. Her emotive patterns are drawn from everyday images such as foliage and clothing and suggest a psychological depth that often appears as a struggle or a surrender between the figures and their surrounds. The details in Rohan's paintings are all-consuming, pushed towards the limits of reality.
Rohan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours from Queensland College of Art in 2010. She has since exhibited in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. In 2016, Rohan was selected as a finalist in the prestigious Archibald Prize in her first attempt. Her work is held in private and public collections in Australia, including Artbank, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, the University of Queensland Art Museum, Mater Children’s Hospital and the Griffith University Collection.
MONICA ROHAN SHORTLISTED IN THE SUNSHINE COAST ART PRIZE
Monica Rohan has been selected as a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize. The exhibition will be on display at Caloundra Regional Gallery from 27 August until 10 October 2021.
Image: Monica Rohan, Feel your way through, 2021
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