25 July - 8 August
Recent MA graduate Jenny Edbrooke celebrates her graduation with her debut solo exhibition, Floratopia.
The blackShed opens its summer program with an exciting collection of work from Jenny, who it could claimed is on the cuff of an exciting career.
Jenny's work crosses boundaries and beliefs between philosophy, spirituality, and feminism and attempts to explore connections that she makes between the physicality of her own body and the physical universe. The artwork should be considered as individual pieces, but essentially they are a suite of panels designed to conform with one another as they are hung and viewed in the gallery space. Floating off the wall they give a subtle impression that they are softly back-lit. They offer a seductive, highly-finished, mirror-like surface which encapsulates tiny flower heads sunk into resin set against a rich dark background. The flowers' radiant beauty is preserved and their colour gently leaches out into the darkness behind. Jenny's aim with this work is to consider ancient goddess cultures with a suggestion of Buddhist mandalas and point to religious iconography. Through this work we may question her abstract ideas as we look to the stars searching the entwined metaphorical cycles that the artist wants us to consider. Through her patten making Jenny attempts to connect her own natural cycles with the science of the universe.
Jenny says: "these shiny fantasies of metaphysics and neo-feminism stay true to their political and spiritual roots whilst embracing kitch with a self-ridiculing dash of humour and a hint of pop art sexiness".
It's a bold, but beautiful show full of promise and summer brilliance. Runs until 8th August.
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