The Collections Project: Fran Callen

Thu 31 August 2017

Image caption: Fran Callen, Dappled things (detail), 2017, graphite, biro, colour pencil, watercolour, synthetic polymer paint, gesso, gold leaf, olive stain, beetroot stain, pomegranate stain, tea, wine and eucalyptus sap on watercolour canvas, 130 x 112 cm. Photograph Grant Hancock

The Collections Project: Fran Callen
31 August – 3 November 2017
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Closed 18 – 22 September & 23 October 2017

The Studio
Ground floor | Professional Services Building
Located behind Grind & Press Cafe
Flinders University | Bedford Park

Fran Callen’s work typically explores human behaviour and interaction, more recently focusing on motherhood and domesticity. Increasingly her interest in native plants and their place in our lives winds its way amongst the marks of daily life.

As part of The Collections Project, Fran researched the Art Museum’s collections of botanical and zoological prints and drawings, including engravings by Ferdinand Bauer and Charles-Alexandre Lesueur’s early 19th century scientific prints, alongside a collection of work by her uncle, Brian Callen. Her new work explores elements of the traditions, processes and techniques of botanical and scientific illustration, such as Bauer’s use of an elaborate ‘paint by numbers’ colour code and the early Renaissance technique of pouncing.

The Collections Project: Flinders University Art Museum

The Collections Project is a collaboration between Guildhouse and Flinders University Art Museum that provides artists with the opportunity to engage with the Museum’s collections and staff to create new work for exhibition. The Art Museum is a cultural facility responsible for preserving, developing and presenting the University’s contemporary and historical collections of art and connecting them with students, staff and the wider world through exhibitions, research and outreach. With over 8000 works of art in its care, the Art Museum is one of the largest University art collections in Australia.


Fran Callen Exhibition Brochure


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