2009 Fantastic Grotesque – Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery – September 19-November 1

Many of the works in this exhibition were commenced while I was artist-in-residence in Broken Hill during July 2008, but I completed them later in my studio in Adelaide. The exhibition comprises digital wood engravings, artist books, prints, small bronzes and wooden panels with pokerwork and oil paints. The ideas and images in these works relate to the history of the grotesque where strangeness is more compelling than normality. These works are imagined spaces populated with curious and fantastic creatures, actual and bizarre plant forms, costumed figures, and symbols of chance and renewal.

The opening at BHRAG was great fun, with the three exhibitions attracting a large crowd. Great food and drinks, lots of conversation, and Pam Zeplin’s opening speech was especially clever, weaving together our 1983 ‘Mad Max’ road trip where we were almost run off the road by huge trucks, and comments about my exhibition. (Pictures of the opening by Craigh Marsden.)

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