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Wild: Flora and Fauna in Australian Art as Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
July 20, 2018 - September 2, 2018
Two works by Christopher Pease have been selected for exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery’s group exhibition Wild: Flora and Fauna in Australian Art
For as long as human kind has been have engaged in expressive or creative endeavours, the subject matter of flora and fauna has been present. Traditional (Western) art history narratives ascribe to the Palaeolithic period the first examples of ‘human art’, cave painting from this period depicting animals. Australian Aboriginal rock art, which includes painting, engraving and carving is considered to be even older, also depicts many animal forms.
Wild: Flora and Fauna in Australian Art explores just some of the abundant, beautiful and often complex ways that living Australian artists continue the tradition of depicting flora and fauna in creative expression.
It is almost impossible to know where to begin describing the sublime and poetic beauty depicted in the art work bought together for this exhibition. And whilst we can look and become lost in this beauty, these works articulate deeper and more complex concerns, demanding more thought and consideration from us.
Through painting, photography, drawing ceramics, glass, sculpture and installation and film, artists explore ideas such as our changing and fraught relationship to our natural surrounds; questions of social, historical and cultural imperative are asked. – Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW