Ex­hi­bi­tion of love, loss and hope

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

HY­DE­AWAY Bay artist Bon­ney Bom­bach has been se­lected to launch a ma­jor sur­vey ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing over 20 years of work at the Perc Tucker Re­gional Gallery in Townsville from Fri­day, Au­gust 16.

Ms Bom­bach’s ex­hi­bi­tion The Per­sonal and The Po­lit­i­cal: Se­lected works 1990-2012 in­cludes a num­ber of stun­ning in­stal­la­tions and mul­ti­ple panel works in­clud­ing the re­cent Me­mento Mori: Tree of Life which was first shown at Artspace Mackay in 2011.

It fea­tures fam­ily trea­sures, books, pho­to­graphs, let­ters and var­i­ous mem­o­ra­bilia from sal­vaged mem­o­ries of her fam­ily home.

Ms Bom­bach’s work has been ex­hibit­ing na­tion­ally since 1978, and is linked to her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences grow­ing up as a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Aus­tralian of Euro­pean Jewish her­itage.

She de­scribes the Me­mento Mori works as emerg­ing from the in­tense and poignant year fol­low­ing the death of her mother, four years af­ter her fa­ther had passed away.

Her fa­ther, a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher and her mother, a lin­guist with a PhD in Ger­man lit­er­a­ture, were both refugees from Vi­enna in 1938.

Ms Bom­bach said the ex­hi­bi­tion was de­vel­oped over 18 months and was the first time her po­lit­i­cal state­ment pieces had been ex­hib­ited in Queens­land.

Gallery ser­vices man­ager at the gallery in Townsville, Shane Fitzger­ald, said the ex­hi­bi­tion was timely recog­ni­tion for a skilled and ded­i­cated Queens­land-based artist.

“She has con­sis­tently ex­plored and ex­posed uni­ver­sally im­por­tant is­sues and events as part of a sus­tained in­ves­ti­ga­tion of hu­man rights,” he said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be opened by art con­sul­tant, cu­ra­tor and writer Anne Kirker at 7pm, with an artist talk by Ms Bom­bach at 7.30pm.

Ms Bom­bach will be hold­ing a sep­a­rate artist talk through the gallery on Satur­day, Septem­ber 14 from 12-1pm.

The ex­hi­bi­tion in Townsville will draw to a close on Oc­to­ber 6.

FINE ART: Lo­cal artist Bon­ney Bom­bach with one of her works ti­tled Songs

that will be a part of anex­hi­bi­tion at the Perc Tucker Re­gional Gallery in Townsville from Fri­day, Au­gust 16.

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