Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Eyes Have It

My linocut Lace Face (A/P, 1996, 46 x 30 cm) has been included in the group exhibition The Eyes Have It: featuring works from the Warrnambool Art Gallery Collection. 

A response to mask wearing, quarantining, closed borders and isolation during the time of COVID-19, this exhibition presents images and objects that explore the themes of observation and monitoring; restrictions on movement and the effects of anxiety. Artists have long dealt with aspects of alienation, uncertainty and social disruption. Though the works in this exhibition were made without the direct influence of COVID-19 they interact with our moment in time and are curiously prophetic.

- From Warrnambool Art Gallery’s website.

I’m delighted to see my work is hanging next to Pierced, a linocut by my old friend, Heather Shimmen. Coincidentally, Shane Jones and I have a copy of this print in our own collection. Shane also has a work in The Eyes Have It, a self-portrait titled Painting Drawing (2010), pictured below. You can see additional installation views on his blog post of Monday, 14 June

At this stage, we haven’t had a chance to see the exhibition, so we’re indebted to 

Kathryn Ryan for the photos. Kathryn runs a fantastic Instagram/Facebook page, Warrnambool Region Arts, which has just celebrated its first anniversary. You can find it on Instagram HERE and on Facebook HERE

The Eyes Have It opened on Saturday, 5 June and runs to Sunday, 26 September 2021.

Warrnambool Art Gallery

26 Liebig Street 


Phone: +61 (0)3 5559 4949


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Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm

Saturday - Sunday: 10am - 3pm

Public Holidays: 10am - 3pm

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