Natural Instincts, a group exhibition at M16 Canberra in October 2011, is comprised of artists whose practice has consistently explored the complex interaction between humanity and nature. The exhibiting artists from Canberra and its surrounding hinterland use a range of media and processes to explore nuances within this relationship. Included are Julie Bradley, Tiffany Cole, Nicola Dickson, Patsy Hely, Cherry Hood, John Pratt and Julie Ryder.
The Domestic Wildlife series explores how we learn and form ideas about nature, through artificial representations of it. Through integrating illusionistic oil painting with installation, the works represent and pay homage to commonplace domestic objects which depicting nature, whilst playing with boundaries of the real and artificial by merging the painted world spatially with our own. These works engage with ideas about collecting, of the values we assign to ordinary objects, and about our bodily experiences of viewing painting in terms of materiality, scale and its ability to evoke senses such as tactility.
See review by Chloe Mandryk, BMA Magazine Nov 2011