Emmaline Zanelli: Looks Like A Fish, Tastes Like A Lizard - Art Collector

Emmaline Zanelli, Fern Eater, 2018, giclee print on smooth cotton, 84.1 x 59.4 cm, edition of 5. Courtesy of the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery, SA.  Emmaline Zanelli's 'Looks Like A Fish, Tastes Like A Lizard' examines the research of prehistoric life performed by a domestic paleontology enthusiast. The artist uses collected stories of scientific experiments conducted in the paleontology lab and animation studio as inspiration for scenes of backyard research: a polystyrene microscope ready for printed live blood cells; an Ichthyosaur built of papier-mâché National Geographic images swimming above the piano; a character using a stock photo elephant to imagine the gait of a sauropod; plasticine bones in a vinyl creek bed waiting for scanning to become animated. These are latent experiments independent of any employer or institution. Processes used in professional environments to imagine and decipher life before humans are referenced and used throughout the work, melded with home-invented methods. 'Looks Like a Fish, Tastes Like a Lizard' depicts the effects that images have on our collective perception of nature, and the – at times ridiculous – human endeavour to understand and recreate it.

Exhibition Opens:
6pm-8pm, Thursday 3 May 2018
Exhibition Closes:
2 June 2018
Hugo Michell Gallery, 260 Portrush Road, Beulah Park 5067
08 8331 8000
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