Troy Emery’s Wildlife is a technicolor menagerie of imagined creatures that lurk in the corners of the Barn and loom overhead confronting us with a knotty history of our relationship with non-human animals.
Troy has an ongoing interest in how the history of our relationship with animals is underpinned by our ability to give meaning to them and use them in allegory and metaphor. Wildlife explores the tension between decoration and representation and the implications of this tension when looking at animals; specifically, the way that animals can be seen as decorative objects. As pets decorate living spaces, furs decorate the body, animal patterns decorate furniture, taxidermy decorates the museum diorama, and hunting trophies decorate the hunter.
Presented by Clarence City Council and Dark Mofo.
Troy Emery is a Melbourne based visual artist with an art practice that encompasses sculpture, painting, drawing and embroidery. He graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) at the School of Art, University of Tasmania in 2005. Troy then completed a Masters of Fine Art at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 2010.