No small wonder

Weaver, E 2006, No small wonder, (Creative Work : Visual art).


Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

Title No small wonder
Author(s) Weaver, E
Year 2006
Type of work Visual art
Outlet High Tide, New Currents in Art from Australia and New Zealand, Zacheta National Gallery of Art,Warsaw, Poland
Dates 14 February - 9 April 2006
Medium Installation and sculpture
Summary "This work is an extension of Weaver's large format room immersive environments. It employs vast scale, sound, found and fabricated sculptural elements and saturated colour, incorporated disparate sculptural objects into cohesive environments that evoke her abiding interests in art history, science and haute-couture and the traditions and aesthetics of other cultures.
A reference point for this work was 18th century Japanese artist Ito Jakuchu. His Colourful Realm of Living Beings, 1757-70, depicts various birds, flowers, insects, fishes and other sea creatures with extraordinary realism and compassion that he hoped would be a touchstone for the inviolable relationship between human beings and the organic universe.
Weaver's vast sand coloured carpet dotted with objects, shells, starfish, rocks seaweed, a bright yellow beaver and tree branch hints at deluge and transformation caused by nature and/or human intervention.
Her research investigates the way natural and manmade objects are all reduced to the same created form. She extends the boundaries of what is possible in the transformations of nature and culture through research into the effective language of materials, bringing crafted elements into alignment with other expressive forms.
She employs camouflage, ""a physical and psychological state, a way of transforming meaning as well as the outward appearance, through mimicry or taking on other aspects of the environment around us. This allows for a sense of reinvention, which can be liberating. She also researches whether by the use altering and combining disparate forms allows the inherent qualities of the objects to exist simultaneously with the new configuration or whether they may be eradicated"" (from interview with Rachel Kent, Senior Curator, MCA, Sydney)
This survey show was curated by Magda Kardasz, Warsaw and Simon Rees, Vilnius presented work by 32 artists introducing Polish audiences to 3 generations of contemporary art from Australia and NZ."
Subject Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
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