A Matter of Response is an exhibition by six South West artists who have been invited to collaborate in pairs in response to their choice of artworks and associated stories from the City of Bunbury Art Collection. The exhibition creates new connections and relevance to key artists and works, offering fresh ways for audiences to engage with the collection as well as new inspiration for local artists.
Sue Dennis and Yvonne Dorricott use metaphor and symbolism to connect Mary Knott’s iconic Cornucopia sculpture with a recent visit to Broke Inlet in South West WA. Cornucopia reflects the bountifulness of the esturine environment, where the salt of the ocean mingles with the sweetness of the inlet, and a biosphere of plenty is created through the flow of the water. Using clay, wire, string and printmaking, the artists explore the notion of entrapment and bounty, as well as the nature of geometry of flow.
Inspired by Harry Hummerston’s Agony Like Needles, video artist Myrto Angelouli and partner Elliot Lee Welsford use video, sound and sculpted objects to recreate and reinterpret the destabilizing effect that Hummerston’s work has on the audience. Through audio and video, Angelouli and Welsford create an unsettling, agonising and rattling experience in the gallery space. In their work, Agony is also portrayed as a dark and elusive human form. Filmed in a variety of locations and through unorthodox editing techniques and abstraction, the character becomes a dominant element in the space and in the mind of the viewer.
Chris Young and Elisa Markes-Young are interested in the human stories behind collections and objects. They are intrigued by the stories of two women; Rosetta Kelly, who produced hundreds of watercolours of flowers as a way to deal with her grief over the loss of her son in the first world war, and Georgiana Molloy, who lived an isolated pioneer life, filled with hardship and adversity. Relating these stories to their own personal life experiences, Chris and Elisa explore the themes of childhood nostalgia, cultural displacement, identity and the remoteness of different environments using folk art forms, photographic installation and image techniques.
These contemporary artists offer new insights and interpretations of the City of Bunbury Art Collection, reflecting on the resonance of these works and their continuing importance.