When:7 - 30 September, 2017
Animastructions brings together work by staff, current students and graduates from the Visual Arts and Design Degrees at ANU School of Art & Design.
The exhibition gives a tantalising glimpse of the variety and depth of work emerging from the school and the Nature/Culture Research Group, that engages with the more-than-human world.
From sculpture to animation, furniture design to ceramics, the works in Animastructions find their connections in the ways they consider what it is to be human, by considering our complex relationships with animals.
In Jeremy Brown’s furniture design barnacle shells are a motif and metaphor for human desires to retreat and shelter. In contrast in Ashley Eriksmoen’s furniture, animal forms flock and gather together in joyous humour.
Mahala Hill uses ceramics to create fantastical worlds of wonder that centres on depictions of real endangered insects.
Gosia Pilat also uses ceramics to give material form to sea birds so that we might consider their fragility in the face of our plastic waste and the larger question of environmental destruction and extinction.
Rhiannon McGuiness uses simple and affecting animation so viewers can imagine ourselves in to being animal, by experiencing the last breaths of a rabbit.
Animal Studies is an emerging field of international academic research. It is cross-disciplinary, finding multiple connections between the sciences and humanities, from the instrumental such as public policy and law, to the highly speculative such as crypto- zoological fiction.
Visual arts and design as a medium for visual communication engages across this spectrum. As a nationally and internationally significant art and design school, ANU SOA&D provides a space for students, across all levels of learning from 1st year to post-graduates, to engage with these emergent dialogues.
Animastructions invites you consider anew your relationships with non-human animals.
The exhibiting artist are:
Yonghun Nate Lee