Animals are making themselves at home on the walls of AGWA, this June! From paws and claws to wings and things, Animal Ark features works from the State Art Collection that highlight the many ways in which the animal motif has been used by generations of artists.
A family activity space and art trails will make it a great adventure for the young ones, and the underlying exploration of mythology, symbolism and representation of animals through paintings, sculpture, decorative art and works on paper, will appeal to adults as well.
The exhibition considers issues raised by depictions of animals, such as the interface between animal and human identity, the use of animals as ‘machines’ and companions, as decorative embellishments of human activity, and as subjects in scenes of daily life, portraits and nature studies.
These themes are traced through the work of contemporary artists such as Jenny Watson, Rosslyn Piggott, Sonia Leber, David Chesworth, Darren Sylvester, Penny Byrne and Therese Howard; historical artists including Hans Heysen, Septimus Power, Marino Marini, Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Marc Chagall, Robert Prenzel and A. H McIntosh; and Indigenous artists such as Karen Casey, Clinton Nairn and Sally Morgan.