Samantha Everton: Indochine – New Series Launch - Art Collector

Samantha Everton, ‘Chinoiserie’, 2018. Pigment ink on canson rag, 85 x 117cm. Courtesy: the artist and Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach

  Melbourne-based Samantha Everton is internationally recognised for her visual narratives of cross-cultural, socio-historical and psychological relevance. Everton's new photographic series, ‘Indochine’, explores the repercussions concomitant in the meeting of Eastern and Western traditions – a confluence that began during the 16th century when European trading companies made forays into exotic realms.

Contrary to Everton's previous series that were set in surrealistic three-dimensional spaces, ‘Indochine’ depicts an Oriental woman variously posed against flat, intensely ornate backdrops. Her costumes are integral emblematic factors imparting Everton's observations of how fashion throughout history has been a signifier of female identity. The portraits manifest a woman caught between the cultural values and expectations of her particular time, and a deep interiority that is struggling towards individuation. Implanted within the amplified colouration and ornamental intricacies are symbolic elements that offer clues to the underlying stories. 

Exhibition opens: 2–5pm, Saturday 16 June 2018
Exhibition closes: 30 June 2018
Location: Anthea Polson Art, Shop 120, Level 1 Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD
Phone: +61 7 5561 1166


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