Toowoomba’s Alexandra Lawson Gallery is excited to exhibit Hayley Megan French’s exhibition Vertigo from 22 October through 15 December.

Vertigo plays with the physical feelings evoked by experiences of travelling in Australia — of standing at the base of epic gorges that are all encompassing, as well as reflecting upon how the theoretical concept of the antipodes (the upside down land) continues to inform Australian identity constructs.

Using repeated shapes and forms adapted and abstracted from landscapes that are flipped upside down and sideways, French recreates the feelings of vertigo that she experienced in these majestic places.

Receiving a PhD (Painting) from Sydney College of the Arts in 2015 and awarded a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship in the same year, French returned to Warmun Art Centre in East Kimberley. There, she continued her research on the influence of Aboriginal contemporary art on the Australian art world. She has exhibited extensively in Sydney and also in Alice Springs, Hobart, Toowoomba and Japan.

Her work is held in the collection of Artbank Australia and in private collections in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

French will give a talk on Australian Painting at 5.30pm on Thursday 26 October at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. She will lead an artist talk at ALG on Friday 27 October at 6pm.

For further information or to book a viewing or group event, please email or phone 0418 603 695.