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Still Life

April 17, 2010

A beautiful exhibition of sculpture, installation and photography by Brisbane-based artists, Andrea Higgins and Susan Lincoln opened yesterday at the Noosa Regional Gallery and I made the trip up for their informative artist talk today.

Titled Still Life, the joint exhibition allows for quiet contemplation of the works, which are full of both memory and meaning.

Higgins’ photograms of glass and crystal platters and hand-worked lace hand-me-downs are quite ethereal and represent a series of works from the past decade. Louise Martin-Chew has written a catalogue essay that sits quietly alongside the work. In it she writes, “Andrea Higgins’ Circle series… has something of… the familiar in what as first appears to be unfamiliar.” This aspect is shared amongst the various series’ in the exhibition and unites the work on a deep and unspoken level.

Lincoln’s sculptural and wall-mounted works and large-format photograph form a very personal narrative about the now and the after-life. The large-scale, black crystal encrusted magpie, entitled ‘Endangered Australian Species’ is, as Alison Kubler writes in her catalogue essay, “a contemporary memorial to the nature of memory itself: memories of specific cultural and societal erosion.” Her work is powerful and theatrical, but belies a deeper message under a veil, which could be seen as both serene and sinister.

This is an exhibition well worth the trip and if you can get a hold of the exhibition catalogues, the essays are an informative and poetic read.

Exhibition runs from: 16 April to 16 May 2010.

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