As both a celebration and examination Luminous kinship, sentient kingdom investigates the complex and immeasurable role animals play within our world by considering how animals are aestheticised, and experienced, as spiritual, domestic and ecological symbols. Opening Saturday 4 February and extending until 11 March, the exhibition departs from the single idea that animals rule our world.
Curated by Melissa Petty, the exhibition examines animals as galvanising symbols of family, wildness and the otherworldly and speaks to our enduring fascination with their striking physicality and investigates how their distinct behaviours continue to shape our culture beyond measure. With the exhibition being opened by Abi Crompton, founder and CEO of Third Drawer Down, Luminous kinship, sentient kingdom examines the many faceted and unique relationships we have with animals through work created by artists at Arts Project Australia including Lygin Ang, Dionne Canzano, Alan Constable, Katie Foster, Bronwyn Hack, John Huggins, Jodie Noble, Anthony Romagnano and Megan Sloan amongst others.
This exhibition posits that for these artists, animals are a sustaining influence that drives, informs and enriches their creative practice. From the tender alliance we have with our animals at home, to the fluidity of wildlife that fascinate us as they free roam in nature, to riding on the backs of what are perhaps spirit animals, (animal totems, hybrid and anthropomorised forms) this exhibition seeks to emphasise the unique position these sentient beings have in enriching and boldly illuminating our world.
Pictured: Katie Foster
Fox Jumping 2013
Work on paper
14 x 19cm