Allusion & Illusion: the fantastical world of Valerie Sparks
Monash Gallery of Art Melbourne Until 18 November, 2018
Valerie Sparks questions the digital limits of photography, merging art and design as she incorporates photomedia into large-scale immersive environments, enticing the viewer with idealised, unobtainable landscapes depicting flora, fauna and taxidermied animals. This exhibition brings together key works that chart the history of Sparks’ practice; from her ‘Le Vol’ and ‘Prospero’s Island’ series to her reinterpretations of 18th century French scenic wallpapers, frescoes and contemporary three-dimensional lightbased installations. Each work deals with concerns over the destruction of landscape, post-colonialism and globalisation.
Prospero’s Island – North East,2016 from the series Prospero’s Island, pigment ink-jet print, 140 x 220cmMonash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection acquired 2017 Courtesy the artist and Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne