Antonia Mrljak - Sentences - Oil, Acrylic, Ink and Charcoal on Linen - 123 x 183cm - Oak Shadow Frame

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Wrong Way Go Back (2019)

Wrong Way Go Back (2019) is a series of abstract paintings and a video projection that reflect on my

Sicilian heritage and traditional upbringing.

This exhibition is embedded with memories of growing up and the process of acceptance.

Acknowledgment of the ‘makers’ ancestry within my family has influenced my working values and

practice, and preserves the generational legacy of creativity that is a part of who I am.

The title refers to the paths we can take, divergent or prescribed, and hence understanding that

realisations can come out of diverting, undoing and repeating. The limited colour palette emerged from a

meditative state and the many marks, reflect an energetic release of emotional discord which came from

past family pressures and the intimidating choices that set my life into motion.

Wrong Way Go Back (2019) captures the deciding nature of an emotional journey linked to my cultural

and creative identity. The work reminds us to accept our place in the world, even if we have to go back to

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