BACHELOR OF FINE ART HONOURS 2019
12 June to 6 July 2019
Join artists Michelle Wellham and Lolita Manukian for the exhibition launch at the University Gallery
Friday 14 June from 6pm
Guest Speaker: Laureate Professor Roger Smith
The Armenian Genocide in 1915 forever changed Armenian history and the landscape of migration in the twentieth century. 104 years later issues of displacement and trauma still bind Armenians from all over the world through a thread of collective memory and the eternal quest for identity and belonging. Scattered is an installation that explores Armenian symbolism to tell a narrative of journey and diversity whilst portraying the universal struggle of acknowledging the past.
ABOVE IMAGE: Lolita Manukian, Scattered 2019 (detail), white earthenware paper clay
Through a series of figurative ceramic sculptures, Michelle Wellham's research considers that violence of a domestic nature is closely connected with the way that gender is constructed and performed. It uses theatrical tableaux to contrast tropes of masculinity with feminine forms presented as subordinate in order to present a non-verbal testimony of abusive experience.
ABOVE IMAGE: Michelle Wellham, Figuratively Speaking 2019 (detail), mixed media