Kate Shaw: Fjallkonan - Art Collector

Kate Shaw, Asdis, 2013. Acrylic and resin on board, 180 x 120cm. Courtesy: the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

Drawn from a month-long residency in Reykjavík, Iceland, Fjallkonan is Kate Shaw's response to the country's transformative nature and its volcanoes, glaciers, icebergs and lava fields. Set halfway between figuration and abstraction, Shaw's landscapes seem both familiar and alien, simultaneously conveying our connection to and distance from nature. Time itself is condensed as cycles of creation and destruction are collapsed into a frozen furry of colour and glitter. Throughout the exhibition, the importance of femininity is underscored. The title refers to the Lady of the Mountain, the female national symbol and personification of Iceland, and each work is given an Icelandic woman's name in acknowledgement of the female-oriented mythology of the country. In this body of work, Shaw draws her inspiration from both the culture and the nature of Iceland – two elements she sees as inseparable.

Exhibition opens: 3pm Saturday 19 October 2013
Exhibition closes: 9 November 2013
Location: Fehily Contemporary, 3A Glasshouse Road, Collingwood VIC 3066
Contact: 03 9017 0860
Email: ask@fehilycontemporary.com.au

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