Tuesday, August 16, 2011

In HAIRent Sameness

My good friend and talented artist Christy Shapley has her first Australian show opening at Off the Kerb this Friday, August 19.

Using hair as her medium Christy has sculpted wearable masks and collaborated with photographer Pippa Dodds to beautifully document the masks as well as masks made from hair still attached to her models!

Strikingly presented on PanelPop frames with some extra hairy final touches this show is definitely NOT the same as anything I've seen before! Opening night will feature a performance by a masked dancer among other surprises!

InHAIRent Sameness seeks to disturb our systems of body identity.  Shapley plays with ideas of personal comfort and space through the juxtapositions of attraction and disgust. By placing beauty, intimacy and repulsion in the same place, Shapley attempts to dissolve the acceptable perimeters between living and dead, human and animal, clean and defiled, male and female, natural and supernatural.

Opening Night Friday 19 August  6pm – 9pm
Off the Kerb Gallery & Studios
66B Johnston Street, Collingwood

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