Animal as Object: Deb Mostert

6 May 2022 - 16 October 2022

Single Use Soy Shark

Image credit: Deb Mostert, Single Use Soy Shark 2020, oil on canvas, 138 x 72cm. Image courtesy the artist and Lorraine Pilgrim Gallery, Gold Coast.

Based on years of observation and research within the bird and mammal collections at the Queensland Museum, this body of work seeks to explore the paradoxical ‘objectness’ of animals in nature through taxidermy and in culture through the souvenir. This work seeks a redemptive lens to view this paradox towards a perspective of flourishing for all. We have and are creating facsimiles and profiting from these copies despite the real risk of losing the originals.

Through mashups of early scientific taxonomy charts and illustrations, museum taxidermy, pop culture and the mass-produced souvenir, questions are asked about artifice, collection, consumerism, mimicry, wonder and beauty. Can we embrace the original instead of accepting the poor copy?

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A Tweed Regional Gallery initiative.

Sunset Session with Deb Mostert

Friday 6 May 2022 | 5.30 – 7pm | $20 | Bookings essential

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Monday 20 June 2022 | 10 am – 4 pm | $190 | Bookings essential

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