Exhibitions showing from 11 July until 11 August 2019


Marie Larkin

Quest: The journey

She is the Revelation, a Vision, an Epiphany. Enlightenment. Fleeting, elusive and ephemeral. In her heart lies hope and in her passage, renewal. But her appearance, is a call to action. The inspiration and understanding distilled in that moment, will set them in motion. She calls the Warrior Sisterhood to emerge resolute, to gather across the badlands, and depart, bearing their offspring and shepherding those most vulnerable. Lightly they tread this earth, quiet as whispers they pass into the dawn.

 Society has become increasingly anxious as we become more and more aware of how fragile the balance of our world is in terms of occurrences such as global climate change, the extinction of species and the threat of terrorist and nuclear attack. Through the rapidly growing genre of post-apocalyptic fiction and film, writers and filmmakers have responded to our increasing level of anxiety and try to represent the consequences of these. I have been very interested in how the post-apocalyptic genre has exploded in recent years, paralleling the increasing risks we read, see, and hear in the news, on social media, and in everyday life. Through their imaginations, writers and filmmakers speak to our deepest fears and force us to reflect on the human values we care about most. But there is usually hope at the end of these films and it is this hope I want to focus on in this body of work.

 

Initially set in a post apocalyptic world, this new body of work finds the goddess archetype as a warrior, brave, confident and victorious. The ‘battle ground’ or bleak world she emerges from is indicated, but not always explicit, and left open to interpretation. She emerges wearing armour as a symbol of experience, resilience and knowing, not as the destroyer, but as the protector and creator of new life where there was chaos and destruction. On the ground where she stands, waterfalls begin to flow, plants spring up, animals play… She returns the earth to the paradise it should be. From chaos and hell to the Garden of Eden. She is a metaphor for hope and the qualities of strength, resilience and willpower that mankind must draw upon to survive. She brings balance and new life to return the earth to what it should be.

 

The women move through the landscape, both warrior and explorer, seeking out a better world and creating it at the same time. They survey the landscape, they walk, moving over snow covered plain, rugged mountain and deep forest, they travel over water, to come to journey’s end.


wild at heart

An exhibition of Pop Surrealist art,

curated by Marie Larkin

Wild At Heart is Weswal’s second International Lowbrow/Pop Surrealist exhibition. This group show, again curated by Australian Pop Surrealist artist, Marie Larkin, showcases the work of seventeen artists from Australia and all over the globe. The first exhibition, held in 2017 was enormously successful and many people travelled considerable distances to be able to view art of this genre in a gallery setting. This time we have asked artists to submit more than one work for the show.

'“I really began the process by selecting the artists for this show and that generated the theme because , though their styles are diverse, the artists in this exhibition tended to include animals, or animal motifs their work. An animal theme is also broad enough to allow each artist flexibility in interpretation and that is important in a group show. In curating an exhibition of this nature it is important that the works of individual artists complement each other to create a show that is varied but still cohesive. I am very excited to present Wild At Heart at Weswal Gallery.” - Marie Larkin