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Defence/Defiance
Holly O'Meehan

MAIN GALLERY

3 July - 15 August 2021

Opening 16 July 2021 6-8pm

Holly O'Meehan presents 'Defence/Defiance', an exhibition inspired by the native bushland and coastal landscapes of Wagyl Kaip land (Great Southern region). Combining ceramics, crochet, and found objects, the intricate forms that O’Meehan crafts embody qualities that entice and repel through contrasts of texture and medium. The exhibition considers the way elements of a natural ecosystem respond to human interference.

Holly O'Meehan works with two distinctive, apparently unrelated mediums: crochet and ceramic. A dexterous handler of both, O’Meehan brings these two materials into harmony. Working from her Walyalup/ Fremantle studio, O’Meehan appropriates natural forms like teeth, quills, spines and thorns, nestling them among gentler, softer textures and voluptuously rounded surfaces. The resulting sculptural objects have a whimsical, creature-like presence; their playful and defensive structures seem to repel and beguile us in equal measure.

Holly O’Meehan’s project is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

View the catalogue here.
View the room sheet here.

Photo: Dan Grant