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All that glitters


MacDonald, A, All that glitters, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle, NSW, pp. 1 (2017) [Representation of Original Art]

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Anne MacDonald acknowledges the history of the ‘vanitas’ genre in art and the association of the photograph as memento-mori for her contemporary explorations of the relationship between still life, transience and mortality. Her photographic installations focus on the symbolic potential for objects as metaphors for emotional states; as expressive of anxieties for our current age and the ephemerality and mutability of existence. Although distilled and minimalist her works invite a complex and layered reading. In recent works the detritus of the social ritual of an apparently joyous child’s birthday banquet is at another level an elegiac indicator of time’s inexorable passing and the brevity of childhood. All that glitters, an egg-shaped field of crumpled gold confetti medallions, mines connotations of luxe and indulgence implicit in the vogue for faux metallic party-ware decorations – contradictory when applied to the cheap, disposable and ‘temporary’ nature of the product - and a potent commentary for our time on the transience of personal and political excess and greed.

Item Details

Item Type:Representation of Original Art
Keywords:art, photography, still life, representations of consumption
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Fine arts
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:MacDonald, A (Ms Anne MacDonald)
ID Code:124905
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2018-03-18
Last Modified:2018-03-21

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