Miranda Hine will present an exhibition of new paintings at POP Gallery in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley next month.
Titled, Hot Trail, the exhibition plays with patterns and repetition within the British murder mystery TV genre, compiling storytelling devices such as red herrings and recurring plot points repeated across multiple programs. The genre is a strange convergence of killing and entertainment, one that provides consumers with safety in the predictable structure of the storyline – an insight into a human desire for certainty.
Why has this genre enjoyed such sustained popularity in Australia? Beyond the neat narrative conventions found in the programs, Miranda’s paintings point to repetition in which figures and institutions these stories uphold are presented as the arbiters of authority, morality and knowledge.
Miranda’s paintings serve as collated, fragmentary moments inspired by scenes found in these shows amplifying their mysterious qualities.
Image Credit: Miranda Hine Footprints in the flowerbed (red herring) (Poirot s5e7) 2023 oil on board 61 x 91 cm