Ex­plore a body of art­work

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

FRE­MAN­TLE Arts Cen­tre’s lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion prom­ises to sub­vert com­mon per­cep­tions of the ideal fe­male body.

The aptly-ti­tled Body­work, which opens to­mor­row at 6.30pm, will show­case works span­ning the medi­ums of soft sculp­ture, paint­ing and video.

Tar­ryn Gill, who is the only West Aus­tralian among three Aus­tralian artists fea­tured, said she had cre­ated her largest works yet for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“The sculp­tures I make are hand-carved and hand-stitched, and are made from sparkling dance ma­te­ri­als and trims which are in­flu­enced by my ex­pe­ri­ence do­ing cal­lis­then­ics,” she said.

“I’m as­sem­bling th­ese ma­te­ri­als now in a way that as­serts their fem­i­nin­ity and makes them darkly pow­er­ful in an un­canny way.”

Also fea­tured are the works of South Aus­tralian painter Kay­lene Whiskey and NSW painter Am­ber Board­man.

Cu­ra­tor Erin Coates said Body­work of­fered au­di­ences “a rich and com­plex ar­ray of ap­proaches to the ways we view our bod­ies”.

“Kay­lene, Am­ber and Tar­ryn come from strik­ingly dif­fer­ent back­grounds, yet their art­works each act to re­claim women’s bod­ies as a site for cel­e­bra­tion, self-ex­pres­sion and con­tes­ta­tion,” Ms Coates said.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion im­bues the body with un­canny power, the al­lure of celebrity and the ab­sur­dist hu­mour of failed beauty regimes.”

Body­work will run un­til Oc­to­ber 22.

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