Madeline Bishop gives some ordinary folk and Aussie icons the monumental treatment in Monuments at CCAS Manuka. This exhibition of large imposing photographs is nothing short of intense and Madeline has cleverly imbued all of the works with the atmosphere of a great painting – think Da Vinci, Raphael, Caravaggio …. but this is not to say that Monuments is in any way of the Renaissence. She might also have been influenced Zahalka, Drew and Sherman, great photomedia artists of the modern day. But no point in dwelling on where this all came from, fact is Monuments is a knockout show and no argument about it. Filtered through Madeline’s lens domestic life in Aus looks pretty bloody baroque. Perhaps it is …. these works are convincing. A great opening for photos with an extremely enthusiastic audience – and there are several pics below of subjects with their own image. Madeline played to a packed house last night and one imagines from the early minutes of the opening that this was one that would go off. Monuments at CCAS Manuka until 26 October DON’T MISS IT under any circumstances.