Image: Ray Monde, Cradle of yellow buttons (detail), 2021, overpainted paper and synthetic polymer paint on canvas. Image courtesy the artist. 

Ray Monde

What the Wayfarer Saw

18 mar. — 30 apr. 2022

Ray Monde has had a lifelong obsession with paper. Growing up on his family’s farm near Taree, he would meticulously cut out images from glossy magazines and arrange them into vignettes and collages on his bedroom wall.

 After a successful career in advertising in Sydney, London and New York, Monde returned to his artistic practice. Monde’s primary technique involves hand-tearing and over-painting fragments of paper sourced from magazines. These elements are layered into detailed compositions that speak to the artist’s relationship with the physical and emotional landscapes that surround him.

The artist’s most recent body of work, What the Wayfarer Saw, charts his 86 kilometre journey on foot from Goulburn to Braidwood over six days, sleeping by the roadside, in pubs and country homes along the way. The measured and slow pace of walking allowed the artist to deeply connect with people and place.

This ‘beautiful and brutal’ journey brought to the fore the artist’s personal experience of queerness within the framework of regional Australia and involved a process of vulnerability, exchange and openness.   

Underpinning the work is a Homeric narrative, revealing insightful perceptions of home after a long time away. Monde described the pilgrimage, ‘like Odysseus in Homer’s epic poem, I encountered obstacles and setbacks, met strangers along the way and was tempted off course.’

Monde lives and works between Braidwood, Australia and Seattle, United States of America. This exhibition is the artist’s first major solo exhibition at a public gallery. Monde has exhibited widely and his works are held in collections in Australia and internationally. He works across a variety of mediums including collage, drawing, painting and multimedia.

Image: Ray Monde, Cradle of yellow buttons (detail), 2021, overpainted paper and synthetic polymer paint on canvas. Image courtesy the artist. 

Ray Monde

What the Wayfarer Saw

18 mar. — 30 apr. 2022

Ray Monde has had a lifelong obsession with paper. Growing up on his family’s farm near Taree, he would meticulously cut out images from glossy magazines and arrange them into vignettes and collages on his bedroom wall.

 After a successful career in advertising in Sydney, London and New York, Monde returned to his artistic practice. Monde’s primary technique involves hand-tearing and over-painting fragments of paper sourced from magazines. These elements are layered into detailed compositions that speak to the artist’s relationship with the physical and emotional landscapes that surround him.

The artist’s most recent body of work, What the Wayfarer Saw, charts his 86 kilometre journey on foot from Goulburn to Braidwood over six days, sleeping by the roadside, in pubs and country homes along the way. The measured and slow pace of walking allowed the artist to deeply connect with people and place.

This ‘beautiful and brutal’ journey brought to the fore the artist’s personal experience of queerness within the framework of regional Australia and involved a process of vulnerability, exchange and openness.   

Underpinning the work is a Homeric narrative, revealing insightful perceptions of home after a long time away. Monde described the pilgrimage, ‘like Odysseus in Homer’s epic poem, I encountered obstacles and setbacks, met strangers along the way and was tempted off course.’

Monde lives and works between Braidwood, Australia and Seattle, United States of America. This exhibition is the artist’s first major solo exhibition at a public gallery. Monde has exhibited widely and his works are held in collections in Australia and internationally. He works across a variety of mediums including collage, drawing, painting and multimedia.