4 – 21 March 2021
about the exhibition
This exhibition brings together the sculpture of Anna Eggert and the drawings of Lucienne Rickard. Both artists are concerned with the impact and intrusion of modern society on the natural world. Anna Eggert is a Canberra sculptor whose delicate forms are often constructed with industrial materials. Anna’s work in this exhibition reflects on the intrusion of technology on the natural world and takes for granted Marshall McLuhan’s famous proposition “the medium is the message”. The meanings in this body of work are carried, not only by what the sculptures represent but also by their materials and how they are made. The various materials are repurposed and chosen to carry double meanings. Seeds, natural carriers of genetic information, are represented by modern and vintage transmitters of energy: capacitors, regulators, light bulbs. Petals and leaves, natural filters of light and carbon dioxide, are made from woven metal mesh from fly-screens and jet fuel filters and the stems are made from the copper tubing of hot-water systems and refrigerators. The viewer is drawn into the minute details of seeds, petals and shimmering leaves which in turn reveal man-made materials masquerading as natural forms.
Anna Eggert completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Canberra School of Art in 1990 and has exhibited regularly since then. Anna is a highly regarded sculptor who has won and participated in many sculpture prizes, including the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, the McClelland Sculpture Award and the Wynne Prize. Anna Eggert’s work is represented in many collections including Artbank; Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra; Canberra Museum and Gallery; Alice Springs Art Foundation; Macquarie University, Sydney; and Deakin University, Melbourne.