8th november 2017 - 3rd january 2018

group exhibition | the thin veil

There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.
— David Eagleman, Neuroscientist

The Thin Veil, a complementary exhibition to the Art Gallery of Ballarat's Romancing the Skull, is an exploration of the tissue-thin veil that separates the living from the dead.

As people we suffer from the desire to know what happens next, the need to philosophise an answer, to understand and control.

This is coupled with the reality that in many Western cultures we have lost connection with the rituals of dying, death and grieving.

The Thin Veil is a group exhibition of some of Australia's leading artists, and emerging talent. The exhibition is of new and recent works, and uses the whole building as a metaphor for both the esoteric and the visceral.

Artists in this group show include:

  • Kim Anderson
  • Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
  • Isabelle de Kleine
  • Trent Parke
  • Natalie Ryan
  • Saskia Scott
  • Jessie Stanley

The front gallery will be opened to a series of documentary photographs from DonateLife, tracking the process of donating organs so that others may live.

Downstairs will play host to a range of workshops and events, supporting the theme of death, dying, loss, grief and memory.

 
Trent Parke, Cockatoo, backyard, Newcastle, New South Wales, 2011 from The Black Rose, Pigment Print 120 x 150cm, edition of 7

Trent Parke, Cockatoo, backyard, Newcastle, New South Wales, 2011
from The Black Rose, Pigment Print 120 x 150cm, edition of 7

 
Natalie Ryan, Corpse Flower (2017), ceramic

Natalie Ryan, Corpse Flower (2017), ceramic

 
Saskia Scott, Fragments (Dress) (2016), porcelain, 95.5 x 47 x 4 cm.

Saskia Scott, Fragments (Dress) (2016), porcelain, 95.5 x 47 x 4 cm.