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MacDonald, AL, Party, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, 4/5 (2017) [Repeat Curated Exhibition]

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As a parent, observing my child growing up fills me with wonder, but also a sense of loss.

Children's birthday parties are important social rituals, and on the surface of things, joyous and festive celebrations of life. However, on another level, they are compelling indicators of time's inexorable passing. Children's party decorations, food, gifts, games, toys and costumes alter each year with the age of the child. Their role extends beyond pure ornament and artifice to become symbolic of a transitory childhood world.

Looking at children's birthday parties as symbols of loss and impermanence, Party continues my exploration into the relationship between the photographic still life, transience and mortality. In this series I have recreated ephemeral banquet scenes of party cakes and decorations. The images record the aftermath of the party, when all the fun is over, the presents have been opened, the cake eaten and the guests have left.

Item Details

Item Type:Repeat Curated Exhibition
Keywords:art, photography, still life, representations of consumption, childhood, transience
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, AL (Ms Anne MacDonald)
ID Code:124907
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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