Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

Fantasy is a group exhibition including Alexia Sinclair, Jane Nicholas, Russell Johnson, Judith Bradhurst and Fiona Hammond


A fantasy can take us on a journey to magical places and imagined scenarios, to an other mythical world. A fantasy, unlike a dream, is something we can return to again and again, but is it always the same? A fantasy evolves and takes on new guises. The works in this exhibition echo a fantasy and allow us to delve into five very different imagined worlds created by the artists. They allow us to return again and again, always seeing and seeking something new.
Alexia Sinclair’s highly sensual and dramatic digital photographs transport us to Baroque regal settings inside familiar looking castle rooms, capturing legends of Kings, Queens and aristocrats posing in opulent costumes, giving full flight to our imaginations.
Jane Nicholas creates Stumpwork embroidery to describe a stylised natural 3D world that is highly embellished with silk and gold thread. These precious detailed works are juxtaposed with her museum like collections of found natural world  ‘treasures’, carefully selected and meticulously placed.
Russell Johnson’s ‘lost soul’ sculptures are made from everyday discarded children’s’ toys and found objects, reconstructed to form humanoid like works that are hauntingly unreal and unsettling with their wired appendages, alluding to a Frankenstein –like intervention. 
Judith Bradhurst takes us into her imagined after-life, where we can peer in from all angles through eerily green transparent perspex layers to their locked-in narratives and the interactions between each one. Fantasy gives life to strange and fabulous things and Fiona Hammond’s ‘beady eye’ suggests a surreal reptilian creature watching over us, daring us into its detailed world, inviting us to create our own idea of where it has come from and where it might take us….  


Public Programs: 


Friday 15 July 10am—3pm (5 hours)
Stumpwork Masterclass
Worked on ivory satin, this design features a branch of raised, beaded boysenberries, and a tiny ladybird with detached wings. The finished embroidery may be framed, mounted into the lid of an oval porcelain bowl, or inserted into half a walnut shell to make a small pincushion. This class is an ideal introduction to stumpwork embroidery.  
Cost: $63 includes tuition and kit with full instructions—please contact the gallery for materials list  Download a flyer here


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