metalab kick off 2010 with a newly renovated gallery space and brand new work by Emily Hunt.
6PM THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4
Emily Hunt is a curious artist, creating wearable works that explore and mimic the body. Using silicon to represent skin and muscle, symbolically sewing and wrapping the exterior of the piece, her works create an eerie yet familiar sentiment. Visually and conceptually there is an element of the hidden or concealed as forms are wrapped and intertwined, intimately revealing one another.
Other pieces provide abstracted representations of Australian flora while remaining true to nature’s structural forms. Throughout, the works enable Hunt to depict an idealised version of beautiful and playful childhood memories, bodies and relationships, while the use of a limited colour palate places the objects within fashion-centric borders.
The curiosity of Emily Hunt is not only within the forms she makes, but her own investigations that inform the pieces – working with new materials and learning a new technique informs the direction of any new work, it is only through understanding the form and abilities of the materials that Hunt can create.
The use of techniques such as sewing, beading, wrapping and knotting utilizes Hunt’s training as a fashion designer and garment maker, the exploration of moulding and casting displays her abilities as an artist.
This is Emily Hunt’s first solo exhibition.
An interview with Emily will be on our blog to coincide with the opening, so if you can't get to the gallery by 6pm, jump on our blog instead: