A Dim, Purple Kind Of Smell

Theresa Waugh

8 April - 29 May 2022

 A Dim, Purple Kind Of Smell
Theresa Waugh. Just Before You (2021). Courtesy of

Waugh’s practice centres an investigation into the fundamentals of painting, through colour, pattern, composition and form.

Simultaneously, she questions traditional aesthetic notions of beauty, incorporating playful elements to sustain what she coins the vitality of painting. 

Through this new suite of intimate works, Waugh uses painting and embroidery to explore how this vitality has been recently sustained and informed by her role as a mother. Surprising colour combinations, repeated shapes and playful compositions are incorporated, all created on her coffee table-studio from an environment of little sleep and vividly coloured duplo.

A Dim, Purple Kind Of Smell is an experimentation, a slow translation from these everyday moments into creative practice.

Theresa Waugh. What Was Left Over (2022). Courtesy of the artist.

View exhibition booklet and artist bio here.
View exhibition catalogue here.
Watch Virtual Artist Talk here.


Photographs by Ralph Brown.


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Corban Estate Arts Centre
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