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Waratah Lahy 'Hand Held World' - 8 to 26 May
Waratah Lahy has produced a varied collection of works, all pertaining to a common interrogation of the way in which we perceive the world. In 2018, Lahy won the M16 Art Space Drawing Award and was selected as a finalist in the Grace Cossington Smith Art Award and the Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award. Her upcoming exhibtion 'hand held world' continues her extensive practice.
Waratah Lahy, Pink House 2, 2019, oil on glass in timber light box (not shown), 8 x 8cm
The paintings in hand held world have been heavily influenced by my ongoing interest in hand painted magic lantern slides. My fascination with miniatures and magic lantern slides relates to how they function as spaces of imagination. Before the advent of photography and cinema, magic lantern performances transported viewers to new worlds: entertaining, educating and inspiring new ways of thinking, and encouraging discovery of new geographies. Similarly, miniatures require the viewers to imagine themselves within the painted space – a unique world silently separate and from our own. Hand painted magic lantern slides engage through paradoxical shifts in scale: they are small enough to be held in the hand yet the images can be projected larger than life.