Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Cabinet of Moth Masks bound for Mulberry Hill

Recent studio activity: assembling hand painted miniature plaster masks in the drawers of A Cabinet of Moth Masks, which is soon to be part of a multi-media exhibition at Mulberry Hill, Return to Hanging Rock. The show will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publication of Joan Lindsay's novel Picnic at Hanging Rock. Mulberry Hill is a National Trust property and Lindsay's former home. The exhibition will preview on 12 December from 2 - 7 pm, then run from 2 January - 27 March, 2016.

It’s taken many long hours to ready this piece for its trip to Melbourne, then to Mulberry Hill. The plaster masks are very fragile. To secure each one, I cut up and applied dozens of tiny pieces of museum quality double-sided tape, a fiddly, time-consuming process, but one that will hopefully prevent the masks from moving and breaking during transit. As the wrapped drawers (final image below) will testify, each one is also well padded.

Also pictured are the individual drawers and bubble-wrapped cabinet. (A Cabinet of Moth Masks, 2010-2013, acrylic on miniature plaster masks, 8.5 x 5.5 cm and 13.9 x 8.5 cm. Cabinet: 43 x 47 x 29 cm).

A Cabinet of Moth Masks is one of two of my works that were selected for the exhibition. The other is Vignette/Vitrine (2012).

For more information about the exhibition, visit the Return to Hanging Rock website HERE.