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Exhibition Opening | Chasing Clouds + Five Dresses for a Wari Goddess and self portrait in the Anthropocene

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Please join us on Thursday 18 July 2024 for the opening of new exhibitions at Craft + Design Canberra: Chasing Clouds, Five Dresses for a Wari Goddess and self portrait in the Anthropocene

ARTIST TALK: 5.30PM - REGISTER HERE

EXHIBITION OPENING: 6PM 

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CHASING CLOUDS

Artist | Jonathon Zalakos

Jonathon Zalakos employs motifs of cloud-like abstraction, utilising silver inlay on steel to create representational relief work as externalised models of the unconscious in a modern context. Building on his goldsmithing practice, Jonathon presents a sample of works created as the result of receiving the 2022 Craft + Design Canberra CAPO Award. The award enabled the artist to purchase hammer forming equipment which he used to explore high relief chasing and repousse - metalworking techniques that involve carefully beating both sides of metal sheet in a bowl of pitch.

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FIVE DRESSES FOR A WARI GODDESS

Artist | Ximena Natanya Briceño

Five Dresses for a Wari Goddess explores colour, materiality and iconography in fashion through an Andean lens. In the context of Andean iconography, camelids (alpacas, llamas and vicuñas) have been represented in textiles, metal works, and ceramics as a form of decoration and patterns since the Pre-Columbian period in Peru. Artist Ximena Briceño has created five dresses crafted from titanium, aluminum and cardboard using camelids as a main form of decoration, showcasing Trans-Pacific craft and skill.

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SELF PORTRAIT IN THE ANTHROPOCENE 

Artist | Rebecca Selleck 

Combining curved stainless-steel furniture with intricate bronze work, blown glass, living plants and bodily upholsteries, this installation of contemporary design continues Selleck’s creation of dissonant spaces that explore our increasing destruction of natural environments and the inherent hypocrisies of being human.


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