Byron School of Art’s Project Space – Ecological Antidote by Susan Gourley 15 May – 1 June

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Please join us for Susan’s Artist Talk this Saturday, 15 May, at 11am at the Byron School of Art.

Susan’s Weekend Workshop, “Hyperreal Sculpture Using Discarded Materials”, will be running 22 & 23 May. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with Susan and learn some of the amazing techniques she uses to make meticulous replicas of native flora and domestic objects. Click here for more information.

“My practice examines Eurocentric ideologies and practices, tracing them back to British invasion and colonisation, revealing their impact on the natural terrain and first peoples (the traditional owners) of this country. It emerges from a need to better understand the implications and moral responsibility of what it means to be a woman belonging to a colonising culture in contemporary Australia.

In Ecological Antidote, I utilise the mimetic qualities of discarded materials to create objects that explore environmental issues. For example, the replicated earmuffs I use as a metaphor for the imperial monologue that views the coloniser as progressive and civilised, and therefore beyond the realm of the natural world. Consequently, other cultures and the non-human world are viewed as inferior, something to be conquered, eradicated, or controlled and ultimately used for man’s benefit. These continuing colonial assumptions underpin a majority of white Australian culture.” – Susan Gourley

When visiting the gallery:

  • Please sanitise your hands upon entry
  • Respect other visitors’ 1.5 metres of personal space
  • Please don’t enter if you are feeling unwell

Current opening hours are 10am – 3pm Monday – Saturday (although works may be viewed from outside 24/7)

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