Stephen McLaughlan Gallery

Level 8 Room16 Nicholas Building

37 Swanston St Melbourne 3000

On the corner of Flinders Lane

Opening 2pm-4pm Saturday December 6 Exhibition December 3 – 30 2014

Gallery Hours Wednesday to Friday 1pm-5pm Saturday 11am-5pm and by appointment 0407 317 323

Over more than twenty years Zika has been investigating new pictorial spatial dynamics through an exploration of the decorative, within the format of constructed relief paintings. The sources for this research have been the decorative schemes of Baroque, Rococo, Art Nouveau and Islamic architecture; where there is a seamless transition between form and surface, and embellishment is an integral element rather than a superficial application. More recently, the sources have been the Bolivian weaving patterns being revived by the Tarabuco and Jalq’a communities, and Roman mosaics. The Terme series draws upon the geometric border friezes within the mosaic panels found in Imperial Roman baths, resulting in open linear works. This second phase has seen the introduction of more complex multidirectional compositions within the single panel.


1. Terme 9 2013 1070 x 1860 x 60 deep (Comprises 2 elements)

2. Terme 10 (Z) 2013 1380 x 1070 x 60 deep

3. Terme 11 2014 1050 x 1590 x 60 deep

4. Terme 12 2014 1380 x 1070 x 60 deep

All works acrylic on wood Sizes are nominal with height indicated first