3 December – 20 December 2008: Kirsten Perry – stroke

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Gallery 1

In Gallery One Kirsten Perry presents stroke, a breathtaking installation of exquisitely detailed large-scale ink drawings along with smaller works on paper.

The exhibition is based on the artist’s fascination with the human-animal relationship as portrayed through mythology, folklore and scientific illustration.

The works display Perry’s interests in the dual exchange of man-animal characteristics and the hierarchies imposed upon animals. The experience of time is a key issue for the works, each taking several weeks to complete; they have been constructed directly from specimens allowing the artist to form a close connection with each subject.

Informed by her childhood growing up in rural Victoria and the stories and values passed down through her family, the works synthesize her own experiences with concepts of constructed identity.

 Kirsten Perry is a Melbourne based artist who holds a BA Fine Art and Diploma of Visual Arts.  She has exhibited in various group exhibitions in Victoria and New South Wales including more recently “New Terrain: Sustainability, Environment and Community” at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery.  This will be her debut solo exhibition.  She currently teaches Visual Arts at NMIT.