A-M Gallery, Newtown Sydney. Feb 2012.
The swindler, the coiner and the murderer, abortionists, petty thieves and con artists — these are some of the individuals brought back to life in sculptural relief by Cathy Weiszmann and figurative paintings by Sharon Kitching. The artworks emphasise the person, rather than the crime, and Cathy and Sharon inject a humanity into the often anonymous figures of our criminal past.
These paintings were influenced by the Police and Justice Museum photographs from the Sydney police of the 1920s showcased in 2 exhibitions /catalogues – City of Shadows, and Crooks like us. The books where a collection of forensic photography and mugshots of Sydney’s criminal underbelly. The paintings aim to capture the spirit of the photography portraits – the individuality and the relationship with the camera.
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