Opening Wed 28 Mar | 6:30pm | Free
Exhibition runs Thu 29 mar – Sun 20 May
The sensual nature of organic forms and the human predilection to perceive seductive shapes, symbols and metaphors in the world around us, is the central theme explored in Fremantle Arts Centre’s latest exhibition Sensual Nature.
Bringing together twelve Australian artists, the exhibition includes sculptural, tactile, suggestive works inspired by nature, bringing to the fore the way the physical world taps into our suppressed desires and fears, as well as highlighting a number of contemporary environmental concerns.
Borne from an idea by artist Lia McKnight (WA) and curated by FAC’s Dr Ric Spencer, Sensual Nature will challenge audiences. Visitors can expect to be pushed and pulled, simultaneously drawn to the works and confronted by them in a way that emphasises our concurrent obsession with and repulsion from nature.
“We have a strange relationship with nature,” said Spencer. “We’re drawn to its wild, untamed beauty but at the same time we all want manicured lawns. We want to control it. This exhibition features work from highly skilled craftspeople whose use of materials is exquisite. I’m excited to see people’s reaction to the works, they’re going to seduce and repel viewers, much like nature as whole. Highlighting that duality is important given the current environmental issues we’re facing.”
Sensual Nature features sculptures, drawings, ceramics, textiles, paintings and large scale installations. The artists use a range of materials including leather, metal, clay, wax, resin, horse hair, fox fur, cashmere, goat hide, merino wool, teeth, bone and animal husks.
The participating artists are:
• Tane Andrews (NSW)
• Sarah Elson (WA)
• Penny Evans (NSW)
• Miik Green (WA)
• Juz Kitson (NSW)
• Lia McKnight (WA)
• Andrew Nicholls (WA)
• Julia Robinson (SA)
• Nalda Searles (WA)
• Holly Story (WA)
• Heather B. Swann (ACT/TAS)
• Angela Valamanesh (SA)
Opening Wed 28 Mar | 6:30pm | Free | Exhibition runs Thu 29 Mar – Sun 20 May
Image: Tane Andrews, Untitled (detail), 2016, white marble and sterling silver, 23 x 10 x 8cm. Photography by Anna Pogossova . Sensual Nature features sculptures, drawings, ceramics, textiles, paintings and large scale installations. The artists use a range of materials including leather, metal, clay, wax, resin, horse hair, fox fur, cashmere, goat hide, merino wool, teeth, bone and animal husks.