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Don’t Blink

Group show: Barsham, Boyer, Garton, and Knight

31 May 2019

Don’t Blink-uncomfortable things is the title of this show because Winter and Mona’s notorious arts festival are the perfect time to sit around the fire and tell dark stories. Narratives fantastical and personal, fairy tales and horror stories -all coincide in this exhibition.

Some artists know the physical, as in the very natural revulsion for things pointy and sharp and colours poisonous. Glossy surfaces and inviting traps that snap shut can be a metaphor for perilous seductions in life. Helene Boyer’s seductive glass plants are just that.

How do artists control the chaotic randomness of life? Perhaps a talisman that evokes powerful nature through its form and colour will protect against raw memories. Something to wear and caress gives comfort in a dark world. Julia Knight makes sculpture and body jewellery that has these qualities and more.

Fairy tales are not the innocuous things they seem to be. Children lost in the dark wood with only solitary animals as their companions. Strong role models for a young one. This is Grace Garton’s world.

The lovely colours and gloriously modelled oil surfaces of Elizabeth Barsham’s paintings describe a rich world that can be peeled back to reveal extinction and environmental destruction. It’s not really a pretty picture.

Please enjoy our 2019 Dark Mofo exhibition. - Betty Nolan

Seeking Shiny Things

Seeking Shiny Things

Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm

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Second Gorge

Second Gorge

Oil on canvas, 76 x 61 cm

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Out into the Light of Day

Out into the Light of Day

Oil on canvas, 60 x 40 cm

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Ewe's Inn

Ewe's Inn

Oil on canvas, 57 x 57 cm

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Highland Angels

Highland Angels

Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm

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Botanica Vulnerablis - “Vivacious Vasiforma"

Botanica Vulnerablis - “Vivacious Vasiforma"

Flame-worked soda lime and borosilicate glass, sandblasted, pencils, glass paints, clay, assembled, found dome, 25 x 17 cm

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Botanica Vulnerablis – “Mertulipe”

Botanica Vulnerablis – “Mertulipe”

Flame-worked soda lime and borosilicate glass, sandblasted, pencils, glass paints, clay, assembled, found dome, 21 cm x 14 cm

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Botanica Vulnerablis - “Exhibitionista”

Botanica Vulnerablis - “Exhibitionista”

Flame-worked soda lime and borosilicate glass, glass paints, clay, assembled, found dome, 27 x 15.5 cm

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Botanica Vulnerablis - “Eloquentia Spinosa”

Botanica Vulnerablis - “Eloquentia Spinosa”

Flame-worked borosilicate glass, sandblasted, pencils, glass paints, clay, assembled, found dome, 43 cm x. 23 cm

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Botanica Vulnerablis - “Coralarees Striperum”

Botanica Vulnerablis - “Coralarees Striperum”

Flame-worked soda lime and borosilicate glass, sandblasted, pencils, glass paints, clay, assembled, found dome, 27.5 x 17 cm

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She Watched the Pardalotes

She Watched the Pardalotes

Mixed medium: graphite, wool, acrylic paint, bees wax, wood panel, 40 x 35 cm

She Took Her Little Brother By The Hand And Ran Away

She Took Her Little Brother By The Hand And Ran Away

Mixed medium: graphite, wool, acrylic paint, bees wax, wood panel, 40 x 35 cm

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She Felt a Lot Like Alice

She Felt a Lot Like Alice

Mixed medium: graphite, wool, acrylic paint, bees wax, wood panel, 40 x 35 cm

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He Watched Her Every Move

He Watched Her Every Move

Mixed medium: graphite, wool, acrylic paint, bees wax, wood panel, 40 x 35 cm

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Sleeping Bird

Sleeping Bird

Mixed medium: graphite, wool, acrylic paint, vintage French lace, cotton, bees wax, wood panel, 40 x 35 cm

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Wallaby

Wallaby

Mixed medium: graphite, wool, acrylic paint, bees wax, wood panel, 68 x 84 cm

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Firebird

Firebird

Hand dyed and painted fabric, vintage French lace, silk and wire., painted wood base, 27 x 12 x 10 cm

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Owl - A Lonely Spirit Guiding

Owl - A Lonely Spirit Guiding

Hand dyed and painted fabric, vintage French lace, silk and wire, painted wood base, 27 x 12 x 10 cm

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Briar Bird and the Rose

Briar Bird and the Rose

Machine and hand stitched textile sculpture, cotton, silk, paint, wire, wood, vintage thread, 64 x 30 x 24 cm

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Tidal Findings

Tidal Findings

Seaweed, thread and resin

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Sea Pod

Sea Pod

Seaweed, thread and resin

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Sea Dancer

Sea Dancer

Seaweed and red resin

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Oyster Bleeds

Oyster Bleeds

Red Resin

She is Sassafras

She is Sassafras

Sassafras sculptural pendant

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Old Man Pines

Old Man Pines

Huon Pine sculptural pendant

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Tiger Shields

Tiger Shields

Tasmanian Timber earrings

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Victory for the Trees set

Victory for the Trees set

Myrtle burl and red resin

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My Slice of Pie neckpiece

My Slice of Pie neckpiece

Myrtle burl and red resin

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My Burning Heart

My Burning Heart

Eucalyptus and Red Resin, 30 x 11 x 7 cm

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Something Scurried Away

Something Scurried Away

Found object in red resin

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Seed Me

Seed Me

Found object in red resin

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Ringtail

Ringtail

Found object in red resin

No Morning Song

No Morning Song

Found object in red resin

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Monacle

Monacle

Found object in red resin

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Battledress for a Possum

Battledress for a Possum

Huon Pine, waxed thread

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Touched by The Flame

Touched by The Flame

Huon pine, 30 x 11 x 7 cm

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