the reassembled self   2011   Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney

This series of 30 small paintings continues on from the group shown at Tolarno in 2010. The imagery is found in the making of the work, and still imbedded in colour. The title ‘the reassembled self’ refers to my reading of a psychological text by Heinz Kohut ‘The restoration of the self’. Its basic concept is that we are continually putting ourselves together. It is an act of endless reassembling, not only of one’s most private self but of the many selves that we present to the world. In our attempts to represent ourselves as a unity of parts we are prone to failure - we may never quite arrive, but the attempt must be made. This group of small paintings present themselves as a gathering of possibilities - on a pictorial level each makes an attempt at wholeness.

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