MYTHO-POETIC: Print and Assemblage Works by Glen Skien interrogates the human condition with artist books, assemblages, collages and installations that bring to life social histories and vexing questions of Australian identity, place and myth. Skien’s etching practice is the platform for his work in other media, while underlying narratives are presented through the use of symbolic imagery such as maps, postcards, books and ephemera. The exhibition offers viewers an immersive experience rich in imagery that navigates residues of the past and creates new propositions for identity and historical awareness.
Skien is highly respected in the national printmaking community and his following among regional audiences and workshop participants borders on reverential at times. Skien is uncompromising in his ethical vision, and the delicacy and sensitivity of his images spark immediate affinity. Matters of the heart and disturbances of the psyche are his dark and transformative subtexts.
It is a touring exhibition from the Gympie Regional Gallery and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland and has been assisted by the Gordon Darling Foundation and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.