Irene Messia is showcasing her artwork collection Being under new works in the regular exhibitions for artists hosted by Dust Temple at Currumbin on the Gold Coast.

Messia is a determined and skilful artist who has spent years pursuing training at various art institutions including the Accademia Via Ripetta and then the University of Rome where she studied History of Art and graduated in 2014. She has spent time in London where she has been involved in the creation of various wall commissions, working as a studio and painter assistant including in Australia, where she lived for two years with an art residence and exhibition at the Dust Temple art gallery in 2016.

After a journey through the realms of Hell, Heaven and Purgatory, Irene Messia returns to Currumbin to share her latest works of Being. This April, Currumbin gallery Dust Temple invites us to observe some of Messia’s most recent musings as she returns to her former place of residency, bringing a collection that explores the concept of reality and “the appearance of the Eternal essence.

Messia presented her works from the Dust Temple Studios on the internet across a live Facebook broadcast on March 31. During a 50-minute broadcast, this alternative to an opening night event allowed viewers to observe Messia painting a new piece inspired by her recent work. Whilst an unorthodox approach – the broadcast offered an authentic platform to talk through the processes and rituals that informed her approach. She demonstrates an affectionate attachment to her roots throughout Being.

Her artistic enquiry throughout this particular body of work relied upon the works of Italian poet Dante and his narrative poem – Divine Comedy.  “These works, while focused on the research of the ‘Being’ were inspired by the long Italian narrative where I gained inspiration and sought to portray with figures, spaces and pictures a metaphorical journey through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven,” explains Messia.

Messia’s Being makes extraordinary strokes in exploring existentiality in all its ambiguous glory. Her work makes subtle hints at Romanticism and abstract in an exploration of the borders of reality or spirituality. “Reality is a mysterious and bizarre representation or performance,” explains Messia. “The characters dynamically alternate between light and shadow, happiness and suffering.”

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