WORKS CONVEY SENSE OF PLACE
IMAGINE sustaining a meaningful conversation between yourself, Jackson Pollock and your mother.
That was the essence of a brief put to five contemporary artists: Hamilton Hill’s Kate Campbell-Pope, Elizabeth Riley, Anna Sabadini, Kati Thamo and Anne Walmsley.
The result is Over Here, an exhibition running from April 2 to May 1 at Nyisztor Studio in Melville.
“We were asked to respond to a male modernist artist, artwork or movement, using domestic craft media and/or techniques – but not in an adversarial way,” Dr Sabadini said.
“Each artist imagined her work as a bridge. We also responded to the physical place in which we live – the Great South- ern region of WA. The contemporary textiles we’ve made consider how being a self ‘in place’ is more than a relationship with physical place, it also involves cultural placements. These cultural placements are important to identity and belonging.”
Dr Sabadini said that for non-indigenous Australians, belonging often meant identifying with places that were not where they lived; for example, a parent’s homeland overseas.
The exhibition opens from 6pm on Saturday, April 2, with visual artist Nalda Searles as a guest speaker. The artists will also hold a free talk on April 16 from 6pm to 7.30pm.
Admission is free and the gallery is open 11am to 5pm Wednesdays to Saturdays and 2pm to 5pm on Sundays.
Elizabeth Riley’s Silhouette.