Annunciation is inspired by the classic concept of religious anunciations but with a different meaning that is linked to Garden of Skin. The skin is our most sensitive organ and through it we know the world and the sense of pleasure that has infinite nuances from the taste of flavors to sexuality. In this garden built as a "still life" with various symbols that recall the sense of touch, sexuality manifests itself as an "Annunciation". A male sexual organ observes the scene and looks to the right a tower built as a synthetic garden / body. This imaginary garden is created with parts of the body of an asexual doll and some natural elements taken from the artist's garden.
The garden is a constructed space that exists in almost every culture as a site of mental and physical sustenance. In part, the garden is a location of aesthetic creativity, expressing a human desire to control impulses that are uncanny, emotive responses to an environment we cannot fully understand. Like the landscape outside the gates of the garden our bodies are not separate from this space, simply an aspect of it. It is in this way that each of the artists in GARDEN OF SKIN explore the social, sensual and poetic aspects of the landscapes in which their bodies inhabit and are subject too.
The skin of plants, of animals and of the earth is the first physical location one witnesses the symptoms of misuse and disease. The vulnerability of this surface can be metaphorically understood in each artist’s work, regardless of medium as an aesthetic epidermis, presented to the naked eye of the viewer. It is the exterior that counts in this context; and not superficially. Much of the work in this exhibition revels in the beauty of texture, colour, form and ornamentation, coupled with a depth of narrative and seriousness subverting the interpretation of the ‘decorative’ as non-functional or superfluous.
As cultivators in the context of the white cube, or in this case, the more domestic setting of Angus-Hughes Gallery, a space emerges for the intersection of ideas that informs a cross pollination of meaning. We as humans experience our environment in several key phenomenological ways: through scent, sight, sound, taste and touch. This exhibition features work from artists in Australia, Canada, India, Italy, Mexico, the UK and the US, each revealing an articulation of these experiential views as vastly different, both physically and politically; ranging in topic from sexuality and gender to race, the effects of colonialism, ideas of embodiment, ecology and aesthetics. (Zachari Logan, Curator).