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Venus rising, Furies raging: bodies redressed

BY Laurel McKenzie | 20-Jan-2017
This exhibition critiques representations of women through reconfiguring imagery from Western art history, right through to contemporary gameworlds, challenging persistent gendered imaging traditions.
Venue: Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts
Address: 482 Flinders Street, Townsville, Qld 4810
Date: 27 January to 05 March 2017, launch Friday 27 January
Time: 6pm
Ticket: n/a
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Wall of watery women: versions of Venus (detail from installation), archival pigment ink on canvas, 2015-16
Venus rising acknowledges the role that art has played in the objectification of women. The body of work employs mediated representations of women to create new, embodied meaning. Past strategies in feminist artistic practice are re-evaluated for their effectiveness in empowering women, and how they might contribute to a reinvigoration of feminist concerns in contemporary practice. The works, in unison, are about representation, mediated by culture. The disempowering connection between women and nature, in particular the element of water, with its associations of fertility and fecundity, is exposed. Exaggerating the binary opposition of female/nature/body, versus male/culture/the mind, is a tactic for disrupting its logic.