Art ex­hi­bi­tion on hu­man­ity’s need for per­ma­nence

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A new ex­hi­bi­tion which touches on the tem­po­rary na­ture of life has opened at The Eltham Vil­lage Gallery.

In Memo­riam draws on themes of hu­man­ity’s need for per­ma­nence in a world which is in a con­stant state of flux and fea­tures the work of Anushka Sha­di­ack — known as Mur­doc — and pho­tog­ra­pher Justin Bat­tong.

Mur­doc is an Eltham-based artist who works mostly in oils. After study­ing at the Univer­sity of Cape Town, she lived and worked in Aus­tralia, Ger­many, France and Ja­pan be­fore set­tling in New Zealand. Her art is rep­re­sented in col­lec­tions in France, South Africa, USA, Eng­land, Aus­tralia and Hol­land and she has had two solo ex­hi­bi­tions in Mel­bourne and France and has par­tic­i­pated in var­i­ous col­lec­tive ex­hi­bi­tions.

Justin Bat­tong is a Bri­tish pho­tog­ra­pher who has been liv­ing in Nor­mandy, France, for the last 12 years. He has been tak­ing pho­to­graphs for plea­sure and work for nearly 30 years.

Justin says his pas­sion is for the coun­try­side and na­ture and he loves pho­tograph­ing the sights it pro­vides.

He likes to fo­cus closely in on scenes and take im­ages that are some­times out of con­text and ab­stract in na­ture. Justin says he likes the golden colours of morn­ing and even­ing light and the way it can turn an oth­er­wise nor­mal ob­ject or scene into some­thing beau­ti­ful, un­recog­nis­able from any other time of the day.

He also has a fas­ci­na­tion for ob­jects or build­ings that are old with a his­tory and char­ac­ter and some­times in a state of de­cay.

■ The Vil­lage Gallery is open Mon­day to Satur­day 10am 3pm. The ex­hi­bi­tion closes on Oc­to­ber 19.

ANUSHKA Sha­di­ack by one of her pieces on dis­play

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