Megan Keating : Nature Strip
Melbourne Art Rooms [MARS] will soon host Tasmanian artist Megan Keating’s latest solo exhibition Nature Strip.
Keating is a multidisciplinary artist, whose practice incorporates installation, painting and paper cutting.
She has exhibited extensively since 1999, including a solo show at MARS Gallery in September 2010; Lenticular Cream.
Within Tasmania, Keating has held solo exhibitions at Criterion Gallery, CAST Gallery, Devonport Regional Gallery and Gallery Dunce.
She is currently the Head of Painting at the University of Tasmania, where she received her PhD.
Keating’s latest body of painted works explores the contradictory behavior of weeds, and their paradoxical context within nature. In Nature Strip, weeds are presented as graphic silhouettes that are both beautiful and elusive. The motifs hover through thin veils of pearlescent‐layered paint on natural beech grounds. They are delicate in their appearances and at times disappear from view. The wildness presented here is ideal and alludes to utopian gardens and serene vistas while the simple motifs are common and ordinary in their depiction.
Keating is interested in the relationship between plants and human behaviour, and the negative connotations that surround weeds. Weeds ruin crops, spoil beautiful gardens and leach nutrients from soils, while simultaneously existing as displaced and up‐rooted individuals. The artist demonstrates the how a plant which flourishes outside of its own cultural context is seen as destructive and out of place.
We hope you will consider featuring this established Tasmanian artist in your publication, both for her contribution to the Tasmanian art scene thus far, and this exciting upcoming interstate exhibition.
Megan will speak at a free floor talk on Saturday 21st July, 3pm at [MARS] Gallery
- Title: Nature Strip
- Artist: Megan Keating
- Date: Jul 07, 2012 to Aug 05, 2012
- Time: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm