These works were produced as part of a solo exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre. The images in (terra) australis incognita present symbolically laden objects in various states of deconstruction, creating a tension between order and disorder to provide a powerful means to subtly scrutinise the social fabric of the time they were created and issues surrounding colonialism in Australian culture. Whilst Australian society acknowledges the devastation of its original culture as a consequence of colonisation and attempts to reconcile past atrocities, it becomes increasingly apparent that it is impossible to have complete restoration of an original state.
This major exhibition explores the abundant beauty of the botanical world and the threats that assail it. The Botanical: Beauty and Peril draws from the renowned Janet Holmes à Court Collection and the AGWA Collection to present a vivid, involving and sometimes disturbing journey through the diverse representation by Australian artists of the glorious kingdom of plants.
From wildflower rooms to bush fire photography, the show both celebrates the natural beauty of landscapes and plants, and raises bracing issues about environmental destruction and the land rights of Australia’s First Peoples. By turns immersive, stimulating, moving and inspiring, the exhibition is designed to stimulate conversations about our botanical world and how we live in it, and live with it.
The Botanical: Beauty and Peril forms part of a wider celebration of the botanical world under the banner What On Earth with events and exhibitions at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Midland Junction Arts Centre, Mundaring Arts Centre, King Street Art Centre and Kings Park Festival.
PICA’s contemporary interpretation of the traditional salon takes the form of an exhibition of curated local, national and international contemporary artists who have contributed to PICA’s 24 year history.
The Salon Vernissage is the spectacular opening night of the PICA Salon and will take place on Saturday 20 July 2013 in PICAʼs Westend Gallery. Since its inception in 2010, this exclusive celebration has firmly developed a reputation for being one of Perthʼs most sophisticated events. It promises to be a dazzling evening of art, fashion, music and performance and invitations are available to ART1000 donors.
WA artist Eva Fernandez has attacked furniture to develop a series of exquisite, surreal and still photographs based on the symbolic power inherent in objects.
The images in (terra) australis incognita show couches and chairs pulled apart to various stages of destruction, some with fauna growing out of them. Seductive and witty, the photos reveal various states of order and chaos which Fernandez uses as a means to scrutinize head-on the often detoured, often rocky ground of colonialism and reconciliation in Australian culture. This exhibition will also include an ingenuous use of the infamous cell at FAC.
A respected photomedia artist, Fernandez has exhibited in many shows including Girls on Film and Mix Tape, both at the Art Gallery of WA.
Fernandez has also recently curated me-take: Indigenous self-representation inPhotomedia which will tour in 2011.