Saudade - An Exhibition by Elisa Markes-Young

February 21, 2021

WAFTA Member Elisa Markes-Young has an exhibition on show at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery until April 11 2021 and will also be on display during the forthcoming Bunbury Biennale.

The Tamworth Textile Triennial - which includes Elisa's work - is currently on show through to February 14 at the Manning Regional Gallery in Taree, NSW. It will then move to the Tweed Regional Gallery from March 5 through to May

From the Zebra-Factory website:

The work in Saudade is a continuation of Elisa Markes-Young’s previous work that dealt with memory, the unreliability of our recollections and the question of what and where is home. It picks up elements of the old work, rearranges them and expands on them resulting in imagery that is intended to convey the feeling of bitter-sweet melancholy that the Poles call ‘tęsknota’.

The word describes a deeply emotional state and when referring to memories experienced as longing can be translated as ‘nostalgia’. But it’s so much more. The Portuguese ‘saudade’ captures the meaning much better.

Both words describe a sentiment that is difficult to articulate but is deeply meaningful. It is nostalgia riddled with loss, absence and a profound melancholy longing. They communicate feelings of loneliness and incompleteness, and a subconscious knowledge that the object of our longing might be lost forever. At the same time there is joy and the fact that what is missing now has once been there provides comfort.

Please contact Elisa via 0421 974 329 (Christopher Young, Western Australia, GMT+8) should you be interested in purchasing work.

Christopher Young has also created a video tour of the exhibition for anyone not able to visit in person:

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