No Newness is part of a continuing exploration into the subject of interiority and intimacy in painting. These small-scale works depict interior settings, daily rituals and obscured, unknowable figures engaged in quiet activity. Here the subject of interiority becomes intertwined with that of the familiar and the everyday. In John Berger’s essay “The Place of Painting,” he writes that when objects from the outside world are painted, they are ‘arranged as if they constituted an interior, as if they were side by side with the intimate.’
What does it mean to know a place or a person from the inside? Certain images resist definition by constantly pointing to other places and times (elsewheres). In particular, images of home resist finality and conclusion.
Shanti Shea An is a recent graduate of the ANU School of Art and Design, graduating from the painting workshop in 2016 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours). She was awarded The Front Gallery and Café Exhibition Award as a part of the Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS).
Special thanks to The Front for their generous support and to the Emerging Artist Support Scheme for making this exhibition possible.
 John Berger, “The Place of Painting,” in The Sense of Sight (New York: Vintage, 1985), 214.