Erica Berechree’s paintings frequently adopt an elevated standpoint, presenting an aerial view of Earth. These works often reveal urban landscapes and the joys of domestic life through a rich technicolour lens. For My World, Berechree has selected several ‘Google Earth’ paintings, which are complimented by a small collection of photographs that present images of leftover ‘cottons’ from her mother’s stitching offcuts that she has rearranged to mimic the movement of the roads in the ‘Google Earth’ paintings.
By consistently referencing Google Earth, Berechree’s work gestures towards how we both construct and understand the maps that now define our position and location within the world. The artist’s work subsequently reveals our contemporary urban and digital landscapes, as well as the elements of domestic life, conflating multiple spheres simultaneously. When discussing her work Berechree says, “I see things from standing above.” This particular view may have its origins in the artist’s childhood, as Berechree lived on acreage and spent much time in the backyard, particularly on the trampoline: an aerial viewpoint was an early way of seeing the world.
Berechree primarily works in painting and digital art and has exhibited both nationally and internationally at Federation Square, Melbourne; Linden New Art, Melbourne; Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne; Crawford Art Gallery, Ireland; Gallery 101, Canada.
Opening Saturday 29 July from 3-5pm – and continuing until 9 September – My World is Erica Berechree’s first solo exhibition at Arts Project Australia.
The exhibition is to be opened by Martin Foley MP, Minister for Creative Industries and coincides with group show The Pursuit of Colour.
Image | Erica Berechree, Happy Google Earth, 2017, work on paper, 35 x 50 cm.