A major solo exhibition presenting new and recent works by Melbourne-based artist Meredith Turnbull who works freely across the mediums of sculpture, photography, jewellery and moving image to expand notions of art making and reflect on the role of creativity in the everyday.
Turnbull’s work draws attention to the hierarchies and constructs that produce value and meaning within and around modes of making. Incorporating notions of function, ornament, design and display, Turnbull deliberately incorporates craft materials and at times a ‘low-fi’ aesthetic in order to democratize creative practice. A key interest is the unification of art and craft, and her work is inspired by early modernism and the concept of the gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art), which she approaches using a contemporary feminist lens.
Turnbull’s recent work focusses on the joyous moments of creativity within the home environment; works made in collaboration with her young daughter and mother further challenge hierarchies of western art and embrace inclusive ideas of ‘art as play, art as culture, art as life’.
These images appear larger in the gallery box