Jan 31

RAW: Preview – Sacrum – a photographic exploration of symmetry & psyche by Meg Cowell

By Meg Cowell (Bachelor of fine arts)
Opening Sunday 6 February 2011, 3pm
@ Prospect Gallery 1 Thomas Street Nailsworth, South Australia
▪Tues 10.15am-8.30pm ▪Wed-Fri 10.15am-6pm ▪Sat 9am-4pm ▪Sun 2-5pm

This will be Prospect galleries first exhibition for 2011. Prospect Mayor, David O’Loughlin said; “As South Australia’s first community gallery, we have supported excellence in emerging and local artists for over twenty years and I am delighted Meg is our first exhibition for 2011. Meg’s work is very sophisticated, and her sensual and emotive images are something to experience.”

Entry to the exhibition is free and artworks are for sale. Each image is limited to an edition of 5.

Meg Cowell is an emerging Adelaide-based photographer with an artistic vision nurtured on the forested isle of Tasmania.

After several years of pointing her camera lens at the outside world documenting the sights and people she discovered on her travels around the planet she is now attempting to turn the lens inward by recreating the internal environment of the body through the skillful manipulation of light shone through textile materials & x-ray images of the human form.

The images in Sacrum attempt to evoke a feeling of contemplative wonder by focusing the viewers awareness on the majestic mystery of the internal human form. The images are subjective and open to interpretation, much in the same way as the inkblot test administered by psychologists (known as the Rorschach test) can be interpreted in many different ways. The thoughts and feelings evoked by interpreting the images are reflective of the viewers internal emotional and psychological workings.

Some psychologists use the Rorschach test to examine a person’s personality characteristics and emotional functioning. It has been employed to detect an underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where patients are reluctant to describe their thinking processes openly. Using interpretation of “ambiguous designs” to assess an individual’s personality is an idea that goes back to Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli.

Disparate association of perceived objects within the inkblots eventually transform into a comprehension of the object as a whole which is representative of the working of the human psyche as it encounters the new and unfamiliar. This corresponds with the ability to tolerate ambiguity, to see that both the “good” and the “bad” are a part of the same whole.

Research using Rorschach’s cards have found that ‘‘unique responses’’ are found in people with larger amygdalas (the part of the brain responsible for emotional responses, memory & learning). The researchers note, “Since previous reports have indicated that unique responses were observed at higher frequency in the artistic population than in the non-artistic normal population, this positive correlation suggests that amygdalar enlargement in the normal population might be related to creative mental activity”

Meg has been partly inspired for this exhibition by Mark Rothko’s Segrin series which she experienced at the Tate Modern Gallery in London last year, becoming interested in his concept of creating a ‘place’ with his images. As we know, great art creates it’s own world for us to escape into, away from this material reality (no pun intended) and into a world of perfect form, harmony and beauty which is our true nature.

…Alright the pun was totally intended ; )

The opening night Guest speaker will be Ms. Di Barrett; program director for the bachelor of visual arts, art, architecture & design at the university of South Australia. Ms. Barrett also sits on the Artlink Editorial Advisory Board and the Visual Arts Advisory Committee for the Feast Gay & Lesbian Cultural Arts Festival.

As a practicing visual artist Ms. Barrett has a national reputation, with work purchased by major galleries. She has been exhibiting since 1989  and received a number of awards and grants. Both the themes and the presentation of her artwork are often viewed as controversial. Her art practice continues to make a significant contribution to the ongoing critical debate in contemporary photography art practice.

( http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/staff/homepage.asp?Name=Di.Barrett )

Celebrated and accomplished Adelaide textile artist Annabelle Collett who has been operating within and out of the South Australian art scene since 1981 as a professional artist/designer & craftsperson will also be present at the opening night which should provide some much appreciated illumination &  experienced insight upon the evening for everyone involved.

( http://www.acsa.sa.edu.au/gallery/AnnabelleCollett.htm , www.craftvic.org.au/craftmaker/main.php?g2_view=members.MembersProfile&g2_userId=1598 )
Meg is available for all your photographic needs,
Unfortunately she is not available for children’s parties.
And yes there will be free alcohol at the opening night.


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