Lisa Garland and Lucia Usmiani
19 September – 14 October 2018
Opening Wednesday 19 September 5.30pm
Lisa Garland is interested in our need to control and dominate, more like, she is drawn towards the imagery that deviates from this necessity. She is attracted to the folk that do not conform to society ‘rules’. She likes the gardener that allows a blackberry vine to have a place, the dweller who montages his bedroom wall because he can, the coastal dweller who dedicates hours to maintaining his fish trap. Garland turns her back on the conformist, the man in the spot light. She wants to hunt out the true humble gems she finds in abundance on the North West Coast and West Coast of Tasmania. Her home.
The intricate work of Lucia Usmiani subtly challenges us to engage with the journeys behind her creations. She employs, almost exclusively, used materials discarded by others when utility is considered spent. Intercepting rubbish destined for the tip or recycling plant, Usmiani lovingly and obsessively transforms waste into the raw material of fine art; through her labour the life cycle of industrially produced goods are extended and society’s refuse is manually transformed into precious and desirable objects of beauty.
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