Image: Asha Southcombe, Marker, 2021, Graphite drawing on paper, 59.4 x 84.1cm. Photograph Sia Duff

2 August – 4 November 2022

Location: Adelaide Town Hall, Mankurri-api Kuu (Reconciliation room) and First Floor Gallery, 128 King William Street, Adelaide

Featuring: Sera Waters, Asha Southcombe, Cedric Varcoe, Anna Révész, Jonathan Kim, Kay Lawrence, Anna Dowling, Loren Orsillo, and Janette Gay

Curated by Erin O’Donohue
ART WORKS Early Career Curator 2022

There is a distinctive dichotomy between man-made environments and nature. And yet when you observe architecture, maps and manufactured creations there is also a notable duality. Strong and soft. Seeping into engineering, style and functionality is the common patterns, textures and shapes found in nature. Observing our city from above you can liken the branching and reconnecting streets and laneways to the veins of a leaf. Keeping us structurally sound and full of life.  

Biotic and abiotic surfaces and structures appear in so much of what we create. There is a harmonic correlation to the manufactured world around us and the markings of the environment. Introducing these textures and materials into our living spaces generates a sense of comfort through the use of forms that are familiar and organic. They sustain us, and we call on them for comfort and for stability.  

Life lines inquires how we incorporate nature into our lives, be it consciously or not. Exploring organic forms and textures and how it effects the way we interact with the spaces we inhabit. Exhibiting the works of Sera Waters, Asha Southcombe, Cedric Varcoe, Anna Révész, Jonathan Kim, Kay Lawrence, Anna Dowling, Loren Orsillo, and Janette Gay, Life lines demonstrates how these artists explore ideas of nature and the environments around us.  

Life lines is presented at the Town Hall as part of ART WORKS Early Career Curator Program and is delivered by Guildhouse in partnership with the City of Adelaide. 

Adelaide Town Hall is an accessible venue.