Sunday, August 30, 2009

I saw and heard of none like me

"...I was more agile than they, and could subsist upon coarser diet; I bore the extremes of heat and cold with less injury to my frame; my stature far exceeded theirs. When I looked around, I saw and heard of none like me. Was I then a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled, and whom all men disowned?

"I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me: I tried to dispel them, but sorrow only increased with knowledge. Oh, that I had for ever remained in my native wood, nor known nor felt beyond the sensations of hunger, thirst, and heat!"

(From Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 1831)

Curated by Rona Green, I saw and heard of none like me comprises work by six artists exploring ideas about identity and uniqueness through drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Topics of interest include contemplation of individuality, archetypes and alter egos, family relationships, feminism, persona and role-playing. Each of the artists encourages the viewer to enter a dialogue with the work and to consider thoughts and feelings about their own identity.

I Saw and heard of none like me
c3 contemporary artspace
Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford Vic 3067

Opening: Wednesday 2 September 6 - 8 pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm.

Top image: (Left to right): Artists Jazmina Cininas, Rona Green, Deborah Klein, Rebecca Mayo, Gregory Harrison
in front of works by Dean Patterson. Photograph by Shane Jones.

Bottom image: (Clockwise): Maki is not afraid of werewolves either 2008 (detail) by Jazmina Cininas, Dutch 2009 (detail) by Rona Green, Melbourne Jesus 2009 by Gregory Harrison, Agathia pisina Moth Mask 2009 (detail) by Deborah Klein, Henrietta 2009 by Rebecca Mayo and autumn - dragon 2009 by Dean Patterson.