In Quiet is an expression of Reid’s experiences and observations during the lockdown period. The artist considers the works as a documentation of time passing – exploring light, shadow and architectural features.
“In lockdown the experience of home was concentrated; we were bound to it. The functions of home clarified and expanded – a sanctuary, a site of performed domesticities, a liminal space transitioning into a changed way of being in the world together,” Reid said.
Figura Subcinctus is a continuation of Dawson’s fascination with the juncture where our civilised selves meet with our untamed, instinctual natures. The exhibition contains artworks that are themselves hybrid in nature, using a range of materials and employing Dawson’s preferences for myth, fairytale, history, natural science, costumery and a pinch of kitsch to ferment a shape-shifting body of work.
“My work is figuratively based and invariably incorporates animals. I am drawn to the aesthetics and lines of improbable looking creatures such as cheetahs, hyenas, dodos, Tasmanian tigers and kangaroos,” Dawson said.
“My love of reading, both fiction and non-fiction, also strongly informs my art practice and has been the catalyst for many paintings and drawings.”
Figura Subcinctus and In Quiet will open alongside the exhibition Void on Friday 7 May at 6pm with guest speakers artist Ree Hegh and artist Andrea Newton. Tickets for the official opening event are $20 and include entry into Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series. Bookings are essential due to current capacity restrictions, visit https://mayopenings.eventbrite.com.au
In Conversation & Workshop | Sunday 13 June 2021 | 2-4pm | $20 | Bookings essential
Join Michelle Dawson and Dr Kellie O’Dempsey as they discuss naturalism and the absurd. Attendees will use collage and supplied drawing materials to create a metaphysical self-portrait or hybrid avatar.
Book by visiting: https://dawsonodempsey.eventbrite.com.au
Drop In and Draw | Sunday 30 May | 11am-4pm | Free | Drop in
Working with light, shadow and architectural features in the Gallery explore abstracted forms with artist Amelia Reid in a relaxed environment. Capacity limits apply.