Rawlings seeks in her work a new, contemporary female identity: creative, subjective, intuitive, and perfectly at home in the digital world. Her intimate painting combines visual brilliance and multiplicity with reticent contemplation.
The main element of her “Girl Talk” exhibition is an installation prepared from a range of objects of varying sizes modeled on the structure of room dividers. The paintings accompanying these sculptural pieces are made of silk, hand-embroidered, painted and printed, in the spirit of a diary of images. The exhibition is completed with characteristic, small easel paintings by Rawlings, a continuation of her intimate color studies.
Relatively small in size, Michelle Rawlings’ paintings come together as a sequence of images, much like a blog or instagram feed. Rawlings references various styles and genres of painting, adapting them to her individual scale and narrative. The realm of her visual pursuits is in large part focused on representations of young women and girls – artists, actors and models – as well as the formal language of contemporary art.