Devonport Regional Gallery

Placing Things: Kelly Austin

Placing Things: Kelly Austin

Little Gallery
Exhibition Dates: 16 March – 19 May 2019

With this exhibition, Placing Things, Kelly Austin continues to question the connections between perception and expectation.

Writing on Kelly’s work, Dr Patsy Hely has said: “Kelly Austin continues to experiment with form-types while shifting her focus from the generalised contemplation invited by still life works to a more forensic exploration of looking. Here, she questions the connections between perception and expectation encouraging the viewer to use the eye of an investigator as well. How carefully do we look? How might what we see help build meaning out of form, surface, colour and object relationships? And, as this work also asks, what are the ways in which broader concerns might be signalled through still life composition? These are the concerns at work here.”

-Dr Patsy Hely, from Kelly Austin: A Space For Softness, exhibition catalogue, CraftACT, 2017.

Image: Kelly Austin, stilled composition no.24, 2017, stoneware, porcelain, glaze, wood, acrylic paint. Photo by Peter Whyte.