By Anna Calleja
Dates: 4th- 25th March 2021
Dates: 4th till 25th March 2021, now re-opening on the 12th April
219 Republic Street
Valletta, + Google Map
Homebound, an exhibition of paintings and prints by Anna Calleja, will open from the 4th to the 25th of March 2021. In this collection of paintings and prints, Calleja retires to the comfort and melancholy of home. She shows us her closest loved ones and uncovers objects burdened with private stories. Calleja is not one to shock or shout, her work is quietly introspective. Calleja disarms the viewer with the domestic space, drawing us in by familiarity to express themes that are universal. While the work is autobiographical, Calleja draws influence from a variety of sources. She harks back to artists she admires, references historic tropes in figurative painting and revisits the childhood certainty of fairy tales; sleeping figures, lost shoes, misted mirrors, and domestic happy-ever-afters. In this body of work, Anna Calleja questions what it means to find comfort in a time of great uncertainty.
‘The use of tactile traditional media, oil painting, printmaking and drawing, contrasts with the depiction of the virtual. Calleja’s return to figuration and realism parallels and recent renewed value for the handmade, the analogue, and the accessibility of the craft in a tome of mass production and an intangible digital world.’
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