When:Opening 6pm, Thursday 1 August, 2019
Getting up close and personal with nature
Macro Organic is a group exhibition curated by Karena Keys, featuring Harry Boyd, Shannon Donahue, Melinda Heal, Elisabeth Kruger, Hayley Lander, Rosalind Lemoh, Clare Poppi, Chris Sutevski, Lia Tajcner.
Reflecting on contemporary society’s tendency to merge closer to technology and further from nature, the artists in Macro Organic are inspired by the organic matter that surrounds them. In their own way, each artist focuses on the natural world to reflect on beauty, perfection, imperfection, change, growth, fragility and the banal.
When describing her work, Growing Jewellery, artist Clare Poppi hopes to raise awareness of our individual impact on the environment. “When worn, there is a level of awareness in the wearer – the jewellery is delicate and care must be taken not to damage the living plant secured inside, acting as a minutely scaled reminder of the care we should take as we walk upon this earth.”
Hayley Lander’s paintings recall the Vanitas paintings of the 17th Century and serve as a poetic reminder of the brief and changing nature of life. While crafting these carefully constructed compositions, the artist must adjust her palette as the leaves and natural debris that has been collected and arranged, begin to age and discolor.
In contrast, Harry Boyd, a participant of the Hands On Studio inclusive art program facilitated by Tilly Davey, through CatholicCare, offers a whimsical look at the animals we meet in our suburban environment. Boyd prompts us consider their resilience and ability to persist in obstructive sprawling settings and to take pleasure in them being there.