Madeleine Preston is a Sydney based artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation. The current focus of her practice is how people choose to remember the past and how and what they choose to forget. She is a director of Home@735 Gallery in Redfern

Work (click on pics to enter galleries) > Tanagras Archive: The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie (14)

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The work in The Tanagras Archive are based on the Louvre’s Tanagras collection. On their unearthing, these Greek ceramics were coveted by France’s bourgeoisie as affordable symbols of wealth and taste. The paintings in Tanagras Archive show bourgeois interiors where either meals or celebrations take place. Figures often appear ghostly, referencing a culture where gourmandising takes precedence over social and political issues. The works in the archive are anxious faded signs of all that is obscured by polite dinner conversation.