For her large-scale, intensely real paintings Roos chooses to paint women that she can identify with, seeking to visually portray a discourse on the ideas of inner turmoil, inner dialogues and intimacy. With “Storytellers” her subject’s intense gazes relate all of this to us, their mouths locked shut by their hair and somehow, telepathically perhaps, we’re imparted with their histories, intent on hearing all they have to say.
“Storytellers” will be on display until October 22nd, 2016.
“I’m really, really happy,” she says, in comments interpreted from her indigenous Nyikina language by her niece Annie Milgin. “And I’m really, really proud.” Born around 1910, Loongkoonan has defied the statistics relating to Australia’s Aborigines who have, on average, a markedly shorter life expectancy than their fellow citizens and are the country’s most disadvantaged people. Diane Mossenson, whose gallery in Perth has shown her work, says Loongkoonan’s family attribute her good health in part to traditional remedies, adding that the artist’s eyesight has always been “brilliant”.