Explore a body of artwork
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.