‘Many Canberras’ in art

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“EPIC, intimate, serious, quirky, irreverent, surprising, moving” is how selected new works by Canberra artists reveal “many Canberras”.

Ruth Hingston, “Round the Lake” (detail) 2013. Photo: Tim Brook.
Ruth Hingston, “Round the Lake” (detail) 2013. Photo: Tim Brook.
The artists are Alex Asch, Tim Brook and Arne Hanna, byrd and Ampersand Duck, Lucile Carson, Lea Collins and Mary Hutchison, Josh Dykgraaf, U.K. Frederick, Brenda Goggs, Ruth Hingston, Martyn Jolly, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Christopher Oates, Torben Sko and Paul Murray, and Annie Trevillian.

A unique element of the work is that the artists have combined their own senses of Canberra with an investigation of material in public and private Canberra collections and archives and  the land itself.

In “Parallel Universes”, Annie Trevillian looks at identical twins born in Canberra, as adults they separately develop their lives in Canberra and Oodnadatta— Trevillian expresses the ‘twinness’ of Canberra and Oodnadatta through digital prints on ‘twin’ dresses.

In “Biyaligee” Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, looks into the layers and richness of the Jerrabomberra Wetlands through glass forms.

And much more.

“Shaping Canberra: the lived experience of a changing landscape,” at ANU School of Art Gallery  September 17 to  October 19. Formal opening Wednesday,  September 18 at 6pm  by David Williams. All welcome.  

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