Nyngan-born Sydney-based installation artist Rosie Deacon says art lovers can expect a “strange, happy holiday experience” at the opening of her interactive regional gallery exhibition on Friday.
Ms Deacon describes her work as resembling fictional lands inhabited by handmade sculptures, feelings of belonging and realms of the absurd.
Regional gallery director Iain Dawson said Ms Deacon developed a strong love of Australiana while growing up surrounded by her mother’s tapestries and her father’s pub paraphernalia.
“The exhibition is based on Rosie’s self-described personal obsession with animal-imagery that she makes horrifyingly unfamiliar, by transforming its natural inhabitants into a spectacularly camp pastiche of faux fur and perennial pride,” Mr Dawson said.
“These aesthetic building blocks, filtered through the lens of a contemporary art practice, and with a good measure of tourist strip kitsch, has resulted in Rosie becoming extremely successful.
“We are excited that this exhibition has enabled Rosie to get back to her regional roots and it promises to be a colourful celebration of humanity.
“Interestingly the exhibition will feature the repurposing of materials such as synthetic eyelashes together with things like acrylic paint, expanding foam, glittery stickers and clay.
“The use of everyday ‘junk’ and easily accessible materials results in creations that that blur the lines between contemporary art, craft and jewellery practice,” he said.