Exquisite Nature : Exquisite Neon
When: 13 May – 25 June 2017
Where: Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore
Thematically neon and nature may seem at odds with each other. Both are exquisite, one for raw earthy connections and one for its vivid, buzzing city feel. Artists Harriet Schwarzrock and Emilie Patteson have been paired to explore these contradictions and to discover pleasures in the commonality between the two elements.
Patteson’s work is grounded in her exploration for collecting and preserving plant material within glass. While Schwarzrock is known for her bold, bright use of text and neon installations. The use of neon within this exhibition is as a metaphor for electric currents within our own bodies, our heart beat, our breath and our very own biology.
Schwarzrock has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and abroad. Her work is widely collected nationally and internationally, and her piece, Breathe, won the sculpture prize in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize in 2014.
Emilie has won awards from the Australian Decorative Fine Arts Society, Canberra Glassworks, Craft ACT, and the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, two years running. She has exhibited throughout Australia and was a finalist in the Stanislav Libensky Award to Prague, Czech Republic where her work was exhibited and acquired into the collection.
Both artist’s practices are grounded in glass making technique. Both are skilled glassblowers based in the Canberra region.
The exhibition is curated by independent curator Aimee Frodsham.
Exquisite Nature : Exquisite Neon at Suki & Hugh Gallery, Bungendore
Opening reception 13 May, 3pm – 5pm.