The idea of ‘home’ can be interpreted in many different ways. Home can suggest feelings of stability, acceptance, or a safe and comfortable place. On the other hand, the word ‘home’ may evoke slightly more negative meanings, perhaps it’s the tyranny of strict parents, or even reflecting on the environmental effects to familial lands caused by human intervention. The combination of nostalgia and resistance that exist in people’s homes is a complex and interesting mixture.
Home features twenty-two artists within the Murray Art Museum Albury Collection. The exhibition draws together works that explore this combination of nostalgia and resistance in a variety of ways. Salome Tanuvasa’s large-scale painted canvases and Katthy Cavaliere’s photographic bedroom series are works that were literally made at home. A salon hang of still lifes from the collection and a “boomerang bar” by Brook Garru Andrew are works referencing household objects. Cherine Fahd’s self-portrait series, John Rigby’s boldly serene painting, and Destiny Deacon’s eerie yet familiar photographs portray scenes of home. Nicole Foreshew’s series Grounded, depicts Country as home and the effects of mining on this land.
The selection of works in Home reminds us that home does not always need to be made of brick and mortar – it can be a sense of belonging, a fleeting memory, the people around us, or the ground under our feet.
With works by:
Auriel Alford, Brook Garru Andrew, Jack Bennett, Alan Thomas Bernaldo, Kate Breakey, Ernest Buckmaster, Katthy Cavaliere, Fred Cress, Olive Cotton, Destiny Deacon, Russell Drysdale, Max Dupain, Cherine Fahd, Bruce Fletcher, Nicole Foreshew, Nornie Gude, Carol Hamilton, Patrick Hartigan, Margaret Olley, John Rigby, David Strachan, Salome Tanuvasa.