Tuggeranong Arts Centre and artists S.A Adair and Meredith Hughes are asking for contributions for a community exhibition that explores experiences of the 2020 megafires. Contributions will be installed at Tuggeranong Arts Centre as part of the Dark Euphoria exhibition.
S. A. Adair and Meredith Hughes, have collaborated to create an installation of cast charcoal objects, with remnants of the fires from the NSW South Coast. Their project has provided them with a reflexive process to navigate their intense, personal responses to this extraordinary time in Australia. We hope that the resulting installation offers a space of reflection and solace.
We invite you to join us by reflecting upon and sharing your experience with words, written upon paper silhouettes that mirror objects from the installation. Contributions will be installed as part of a public art installation, at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
To register and receive your mail out kit, Click here and complete the community project registration form.
Your Dark Euphoria kit will include a printed silhouette of a domestic object and a piece of charcoal to create a short response that describes your unique experience of the megafires. It will also include a reply-paid envelope to send your response back to the Arts Centre, to be included in a community exhibition.
Participants can choose to remain anonymous.
Dark Euphoria is an installation of poetic, domestic objects cast from ground charcoal; remnants of the 2019-20 mega-fires. The artists sought to bring into play the trauma of the fires with rich aesthetic traditions; vessels as stilled life, evocative materiality and Buddhism’s endless Sunyata. Void-like, against a shimmering, endless surface, the objects invite contemplation and solace. An accompanying community project invites viewers to make visible their own experience
About the Artist
S.A. Adair attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNSW Art and Design and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (honours) from the School of Art, ANU. Adair has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions locally and interstate including; Sculpture by the Sea (2009,2017,2021), Strand Ephemera, Townsville and her site-specific work ‘Encasement’ at Canberra Museum and Gallery (Enlighten, 2018).
Adair has received several grants and awards including; an Australia Council Artstart Grant, The Goulburn Art Prize, the North Sydney Art Prize Emerging Artist Award, the Perrier-Jouet and University of New South Wales sponsorship awards for her participation in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi and the Major Award at the North Sydney Art Prize(2019) for her installation ‘Secrete’.
Meredith Hughes is an artist with a practice that moves between contemporary art, textiles and installation work. She is fascinated by the materiality and multiplicity of things and in deconstructing ideas that inform our experience. She completed her PhD at the School of Art, Australian National University in 2015, in which she investigated disruption and interrogation in the nexus between contemporary art, Surrealism and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. She has presented her work within Australia and internationally and has been the recipient of numerous grants, including from the Australia Council, NAVA and ArtsACT.
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