Catherine Asquith Art Advisory
I was so pleased to catch Pat Brassington’s latest exhibition, Just So at Arc One Gallery, in April, particularly, given her recent win for the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2016.
Working predominantly in photo-media, Pat Brassington is recognised as a leading exponent of Australian contemporary art. She has developed a singular practice that draws on ideas from psychoanalysis, feminism and Surrealism, consistently producing visually- and psychologically intriguing work. For this exhibition Brassington takes her title from Rudyard Kipling’s famed Just So Stories, a collection of short and highly-fantasised tales on the origins of animal phenomena.
As would be expected, amongst the fifteen new works, there is a persistent sense of the uncanny, the dream-like and downright unknown so characteristic of Brassington, that permeates her often beguiling and at times disquieting imagery. But there is also beauty and a decidedly wry humour to be found. Brassington is a brilliant artist: provocative, alluring, and mysterious, all of which makes for a terribly seductive viewing experience.
Just So: Pat Brassington
8 March - 9 April 2016,
Arc One Gallery, Melbourne