Embodied Knowledge: Corporeal Complexity

‘Embodied Knowledge: Queensland Contemporary Art’ opening at the Queensland Art Gallery from 13 August, is a showcase that reimagines our relationship to our bodies and to our increasingly digital world. Here, we survey a selection of artists whose work features in this vital new exhibition. Profiling 19 talented artists and collectives, ‘Embodied Knowledge’ is a…

Grace Cossington Smith’s modern world

Deep water, Bobbin Head c.1942 is a work that held special meaning for modernist Grace Cossington Smith, the artist captures the landscape at Bobbin Head, near her North Sydney home, in broad brushstrokes and iridescent colour. Grace Cossington Smith (1892–1984) became one of Australia’s most celebrated modernists, renowned for her iconic cityscapes and luminous interiors,…

Chiharu Shiota: An uncertain Journey

Thread is a material synonymous with Chiharu Shiota’s installations. Moving her hands to create a three-dimensional drawing, the lines of thread gradually form a surface, then completely fill the space. ‘Threads become entangled, intertwined, cut off, bound, and stretched. Threads, which manipulate the heart, can also sometimes be used to express the relationship between people.’…

Jewel box and other treasures

Queensland ceramicist Jessie Gibson (1932—2021) was a fierce advocate for the promotion and understanding of craft artforms. Gibson’s gift to the Gallery, comprising some 48 artworks, collectively capture the energy and innovation of 29 Australian ceramicists and glass artists during the 1980s and 90s. ‘My concerns are the promotions of all crafts, especially quality ceramics,…

Go back in time with Queensland’s commanding ‘Glengallan’ sideboard

The ‘Glengallan’ sideboard 1868 is one of Queensland’s most significant examples of heritage furniture. While the backboard depicts the national symbols of an emu and a kangaroo, the inclusion of the lorikeet and pineapple give it a more local flavour. The carving is attributed to Matthew Fern, who was appointed the first instructor of wood…