This exhibition showcases a new body of works from the Tasmanian born Pat Brassington.
Pat is considered one of Australia’s most highly respected and influential contemporary artists. With a career spanning four decades, her practice reflects a strong interest in surrealism, feminism and psychoanalysis. Pat has said of her works; ‘I aim to pitch my images just off the verge of normality, into those dense patches where the commonplace goes awry.’ Celebrated for a unique aesthetic, Pat’s practice embraces the surreal and creates images that blur the boundaries of reality and fantasy, desire and repulsion. Dominated by the recurring themes of interior and domestic spaces and strange bodily mutations on predominantly female forms, Pat’s images revel in a sense of disquiet.
Pat was awarded the 2018 prestigious Australia Council award for visual arts, recognising and celebrating the significant contributions of this leading artists to the artistic and cultural vibrancy of the nation. In 2017, she was awarded the inaugural Don Macfarlane Prize. In 2013, she won the Monash Gallery of Art Bowness Photography Prize. In 2012, she was honoured with a major nationally touring survey of her work, A Rebours, by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). Her work is held in all major national institutions