19 October - 12 November
Join us for the exhibition opening at 5.30pm Friday 19 October - featuring mini tarot readings by Emma Magenta and a talk by Niki Read of The Groundswell Project, a community organisation that uses art to increase death literacy.
What if, instead of desperately trying to avoid discussions about death and dying, we brought it out into the open? What if, instead of pretending it doesn’t exist, and trying to cope with it on our own when it inevitably does happen, our society was primed to talk about what it’s really like at the end of your life, or about grief, or about how death is just a natural part of life?
In The Great Divide, eight current and former Blue Mountains artists explore these themes, offering up their own concepts of mortality in order to help lessen the fear and denial around what it means to die or be dying. This exhibition is designed to help start a conversation that is long overdue in Western culture.
Artist Hayley West, who has reimagined a series of ceramic cremation urns, taking found vessels and creating new custom lids for each, is fascinated with the objects that get left behind when someone dies. “Ordinary objects can become significant keepsakes, at times revered like a reliquary of histories,” says Hayley.
Yoka Terzic, who has produced black and white ink works that serve to heighten the contrasting nature of life and death, says “death scares us because life is all we know. It is the role of the shaman and artist to visit the world of the dead and then return with the obtained wisdom; born again.”
Along with the big philosophical questions, this exhibition also delves into artists’ personal experience with death. “My images were inspired in part by my grandmother, who recently passed away,” says Mount Victoria artist Nina Lipscombe. “I wanted the images to express that feeling of loss, but also of letting go.”
Join us for this beautiful, poignant exhibition, and join the conversation about death and dyling, guided by the beliefs, insights and practices of the artists.