Quack Quack: Rose Wylie at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery

A scene from Kill Bill, a game of football, the label from a bottle of olive oil, a comic book. These are some of the "signs of experience” that give life to the large canvases by Rose Wylie on display at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Under the title of Quack Quack, there are paintings from the end of the ‘90s to today, including a never-before-seen series of works inspired by Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. One of these, in particular, is based on the childhood memories of Rose at Bayswater, with the dogs, the ducks, Serpentine Lake, but also the advancing war and the Messerschmitts exploding out of the sky. And the title, which winks at the term "ack ack" - used to describe anti-aircraft fire - takes on a brilliant twist in describing the universe of the artist. In this precious, energetic, audacious work, composed by images that fluctuate with the filters of memory, text helps Wylie better the facts, modify the images and super-impose them in a resulting type of collage. The practice of the painter, born in 1934, of asking "what would happen if I painted this scene from a different perspective?" generates work which can be interpreted from different points of view, flexible, in which the only thing that matters is meaning itself.
Samantha De Martin - © 2017 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London