The Art Gallery of Western Australia

Yhonnie Scarce: The Light of Day

Internationally recognised Kokatha and Nukunu artist Yhonnie Scarce brings her luminous and powerful works to The Art Gallery of Western Australia in the largest-ever ensemble of her collected glass and…

Exhibitions

Event Details

Category

Exhibitions

Event Starts

Feb 2, 2024 10:00

Event Ends

May 19, 2024 17:00

Venue

The Art Gallery of Western Australia

Location

Perth Cultural Centre

Internationally recognised Kokatha and Nukunu artist Yhonnie Scarce brings her luminous and powerful works to The Art Gallery of Western Australia in the largest-ever ensemble of her collected glass and mixed-media works seen in Australia, for the Perth Festival in 2024.

One of the country’s leading contemporary artists, Scarce is known for her large-scale, unforgettable glass installations that reveal hidden stories of Australia’s foray into nuclear testing, and the impacts of colonisation on First Nations people, illuminating the artist’s desire to bring the darkest shadows of Australia’s past into the direct light of day.

The sheer scale of these works – installations of glass yams hung like oversized chandeliers in the gallery space – highlight the artistry and aesthetic beauty of the glass form. Through these evocative installations, Scarce’s work makes visible the story of the dehumanising of First Nations families and communities told through the lens of archival imagery from her photographic collection, mingled with her handmade glass objects, both at an intimate and phenomenal scale.

The story of the works, and Scarce’s broader practice, illuminate the effects of uranium mining and disruption sites, both internationally and locally – particularly drawing attention to the site of Maralinga and the often-unknown impact of nuclear testing impacting Scarce’s birthplace of Woomera, South Australia.

The scale and beauty of Yhonnie Scarce: The Light of Day will enthral visitors, as the stories of the works bring a healing light to Australia’s recent history. Scarce’s practice and works more broadly contend with the impact of colonisation on First Nations people in Australia and globally, by utilising archival imagery from her personal photographic collection and found objects to illuminate our shared histories of indentured labour and cultural and familial trauma.

The fiercely intellectual and uncompromising narratives of Scarce’s practice transcend the local, and as the world again tilts towards potentially lethal global nuclear conflict, Yhonnie Scarce: The Light of Day is a timely reminder of our need to remember the past in order not to repeat those mistakes in the future. 

MONOGRAPH 
The exhibition is accompanied by a new monograph published by AGWA in collaboration with Power Publishing. The 170-page hardcover publication features full-colour plate images, fold outs and essays by Timmah Ball, Kelly Gellatly, Natalie Harkin and Tamsin Hong, with an interview between exhibition curator Clothilde Bullen and Yhonnie Scarce.

Available to purchase from the AGWA Design Store. RRP $75.

 

Image credits – Yhonnie Scarce Death Zephyr 2016. Hand-blown glass, nylon and steel, dimensions variable. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Art Collection Benefactors 2017. © Yhonnie Scarce. Image © Art Gallery of New South Wales. 14.2017.a-c. Yhonnie Scarce Glass Bomb (Blue Danube) Series 1, 11, 111 2015. Hand blown glass, yarn, 18 x 48 x 18; 25 x 60 x 25; 22 x 64 x 22 cm. Purchased 2016. Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. © Yhonnie Scarce. Yhonnie Scarce Fallout Babies 2016. Blown glass, found hospital cribs, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne. © Yhonnie Scarce. Photographer: Janelle Low.


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