Bonita Ely: Memento
Opening 21 November 2020
Memento, in the Main Gallery, comprises two bodies of work by leading Australian artist Bonita Ely. Ely is well known for her projects which address social and environmental issues through performance, sculpture and installation.
Mementos are the objects we surround ourselves with, as a reminder of the past – both distant and more recent. In this exhibition Bonita Ely presents work that draws connections between human experience and the physical and psychological environments that we inhabit. Plastikus Progressus presents a futuristic museum that traces the history of plastic waste and its impact on the natural environment, including photography, a fictionalised timeline and several ‘creatures’ that Ely has speculated as genetically modified consumers of plastic rubbish. With Interior Decoration, the artist looks inwards to consider the chronic, intergenerational effects of post-traumatic stress disorder as the result of conflict. Uniting these two projects is Ely’s ability to transform everyday objects into powerful mementos – reminders of personal and collective histories – that also offer hope for the future.
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