Monday, August 20, 2012

Under My Skin

Ararat Regional Art Gallery launched its newest exhibition, 'Under My Skin' by Cath Johnston on Saturday 18 August 2012 at 2pm.  Cath, an Ararat resident, presented a floor talk and shared stories about the inspiration behind her work.  The focus of this exhibition is her leather-based sculpture, alongside related photographs.  These photographs feature adults and children presented in a squalid domestic environment.  Each photos features a 'prop' made by Cath, an anthropomorphic leather couch fashioned into a human figure - the ultimate couch potato. The actual couch is also including in the exhibition in the installation, 'Still Life'.

'Under My Skin' highlights fragile exterior forms - represented as a ‘skin’ - to comment on deeply personal interior experiences.  Cath’s sculptures, which are hand-made through stitching and moulding leather, shine with sardonic insight and humour to explore themes of fertility, mental health and social disconnection.  

For more information about Cath Johnston, visit her webpage:

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