Curated by Sarah Thomson
Presented by Metro Arts
Devil’s Ivy interrogates plants as material in domestic and urban environments.
Within the social context of the pandemic, which created an increased collective focus on the home and garden as an expression of identity, this exhibition looks at our desire to feel kinship with the natural world.
Artists in the exhibition address how plants are owned, displayed, cultivated, and related to by contemporary culture. They examine our personal relationships with plants and how these pursuits serve aesthetic and symbolic functions beyond their ecological value. This includes the use of plants as artistic material, their objectification and commercialisation, their use as an experiential encounter with ‘nature’, and their cultivation as a form of cultural resilience.
Please note: Unfortunately due to water damage from the recent weather event, the Metro Arts main gallery is currently closed.
Gallery Two remains open, and we are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
Sat 7 May – Sat 4 Jun
Opening event: Saturday 7 May, 4-6pm
Curator tour: Saturday 4 June, 3-3:30pm
Gallery One, Gallery Two, and Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End
Featured artists: Jordan Azcune, Christopher Bassi, Merinda Davies, Jo Grant, Sophie Penkethman-Young, and Kai Wasikowski.
Image Credit: Installation view, Woolworths Orchid, Sophie Penkethman-Young, 2019. Airspace Projects Sydney. Photo by Zan Wimberley.
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