Deborah Kelly: No Human Being is Illegal (in all our glory) + Venus Variations
- When 2 Oct - 8 Nov 2015
546 Dean Street, Albury NSW 2640
Master of Fine Arts student Deborah Kelly is exhibiting two bodies of work called No Human Being is Illegal (in all our glory) and Venus Variations at the Murray Art Museum in Albury.
Kelly is the first artist in residence at the Murray Art Museum's new house. The residency was supported by a grant from Museums and Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW). While resident, Kelly created Venus Variations.
The Venus Variations takes as its catalyst a portrait of Julia Featherstone from the No Human Being is Illegal series, whose brave stands for human nakedness are celebrated using representations of nudity across thousands of years of art.
No Human Being is Illegal (in all our glory) was created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) and the work comprises 20 life-sized photographic portraits that were created through ongoing discussion, exchange and art making between the artist, the subjects and public participants.
Kelly has been creating art for almost three decades, and her body of mixed-media artworks are often politically motivated, exploring ideas of discrimination in all its manifestations, highlighting racial, sexual and religious prejudices that persist in contemporary society.
NETS Australia's NSW representative M&G NSW will tour Kelly’s portraits around the country, introducing more people to the unusual and collaborative treatment of her subjects. The exhibition will also evolve as it tours as venues have the opportunity to undertake a series of on-site artist led workshops with their local communities. Through this ongoing process of collage and exchange, the portraits will draw from the personal and collective stories of each host community.
Find out more at MAMA.