17 June – 4 July 2009: Dena Kahan – Strange Garden

Dena Kahan

Gallery 2

Dena Kahan’s paintings of miniature glass marine specimens address the historicall relationship between art and science.

These most recent works are based on photographs taken by the artist while visiting specialist glassware collections in the United Kingdom, and are an extension of her previous work with the Victoria and Albert museum in London. Strange Garden reveals the shifts in translation incurred in the movement between objects and representations, softly prying apart the paradoxes inherent to taxonomy and systems of museum display.

The work in this exhibition was produced with the assistance of an Australia Council New Work Grant.