Hong by Narelle Cridland

Wednesday 25 July 2018 - Wednesday 31 October 2018

Narelle Cridland, 'Red Leaves' (2017) detail, C-print metallic paper with hand etching, 101 x 143cm.

In this exhibition by Narelle Cridland, the Australian landscape is flooded in a Hong (red) wash and the image of the romantic eucalyptus tree and the majestic Boab tree are manipulated to sever immediate associations.

Although the trees are strongly connected to their Motherland, a sense of unfamiliarity is deliberated within their environment. Alienated and isolated the trees endeavour to merge with the surroundings and search for an explanation and a sense of belonging. The symbolic representation of the trees provide a cultural vessel and one the artist uses to embark on a journey of self-discovery. The trees become a self-portrait and a barrier as she explores cultural identity, influences and boundaries as an artist living as an expat in Asia.

Cridland completed a Master in Visual Arts in 2006. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photography (Distinction). She has exhibited her work in Melbourne, Adelaide and Hong Kong. She was a finalist in the 6th Prospect Portrait Prize 2009, the Voices of Women Competition Hong Kong 2015, Scope Galleries Art Award – Art Concerning Environment 2016 and Pro Hart’s Outback Art Prize 2017.  She also produced a commission for City of Yarra's Carlton Library Light Box Program in 2016.

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Richmond Town Hall

Date and time:
Wednesday 25 July 2018 - Wednesday 31 October 2018

333 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC 3121