MacDonald, AL, Party, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, 4/5 (2017) [Repeat Curated Exhibition]
|Image (PNG) (Party, series of 13 fine art ink-jet prints installed at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery)|
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 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 Field:||The creative arts|
|UTAS Author:||MacDonald, AL (Ms Anne MacDonald)|
|Deposited By:||Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media|
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