S.A. Adair and Meredith Hughes, Dark Euphoria, 2021, work in progress


Exhibition opening 3pm, Saturday 14th August, 2021


Dark Euphoria is a series of poetic, domestic objects made from ground charcoal, sourced from the 2019 mega-fires. The objects appear upon scattered, crushed eggshell.  

The immersive and seductive blackness of the charcoal objects are void-like, evoking rich aesthetic traditions; vessels as stilled life and Buddhism’s endless Sunyata. The luminosity and unboundedness of collapsed and ground eggshell enhances the depth of each object. Together, we collected and ground charcoal remnants from the 2019-20 South East Australian megafires. We cast the ground dust within domestic forms. The seductive, portal-like blackness of each object shimmers, dynamically pulling the viewer within its boundary towards an unknown, visceral expanse.  

Exhibition continues until 18th September 2021 

About the Artist 

S.A. Adair 

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 

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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Tuggeranong Arts Centre
137 Reed Street, Greenway ACT