This Everything Water

28 February – 28 March

This Everything Water was an exhibition of work by Kay Lawrence, Bardi artist Aubrey Tigan from Djaridjin, and Nylgina Law Man, Butcher Joe Nangan. The exhibition, which was part of the 2008 Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts, explored the iridescent and material qualities of pearl shell, and the symbolic meanings attributed to it by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Image: Kay Lawrence, Rising Salt (detail), 2008. Grey woollen blanket, mother-of-pearl buttons, cotton. Photo by Michal Kluvanek.

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Gathering Loss

8 April – 9 May
Irmina van Niele

Gathering Loss consisted of two obliquely interrelated works: a hand-knitted textile work for the gallery floor and a composite collage work for the three gallery walls. This knit-work attempts to recover what is lost, but cannot provide it in essence. While the ‘homely’ quality of this work may invite touch, this comforting aspect is deceptive: it is incapable of offering any nurturing warmth.

Image: Gathering Loss (detail) by Irmina van Niele.