Disenchantments of the World is a contemporary exploration of human darkness, desire, and the fleeting nature of earthly pleasures.
At first glance sumptuous floral blooms decorated with sea creatures and glistening effervescence emerge from velvety darkness. This series of underwater still life works draws inspiration from paintings by the old Dutch masters – images of flowers symbolising beauty, nobility and prosperity and their impermanence.
A closer gaze reveals a mash-up: luxe Rembrandt-esque blooms are entwined with g(littering) plastic, and the darkness lends the images a lonely, eerie quality. Prosperity has typically been lauded as something to desire and celebrate, yet now more than ever, the unpleasant complexities of wealth and indulgence are apparent. Globally, we nonchalantly poison the environment in pursuit of prosperity.
This series also references one of the earliest examples of consumerism and collective mania – the Dutch Tulip fever in the early 1600’s. The exotic coloration of the most highly prized tulip during tulpenmanie was caused by a virus that infected the flower, leading to a buying hysteria.
18-28 NOVEMBER 2020
OPENING NIGHT 18 NOVEMBER 5-8PM
CURATORIAL + CO GALLERY, REDFERN
HOURLY TOURS + RSVP ONLY
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