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Vanessa Barbay: Painting our animal selves

Hinkson, Melinda


From a distance, a mottled swirl of dark and lighter shades of brown, an apparent experiment with colour and materiality. Up close, the surprising essence of the work is revealed - echidna spikes jut out from the canvas at ninety degrees, matted hair and sedimented flesh hold the composition in place. Echidna and rabbit skin glue on canvas': as the materials list for Vanessa Barbay's Sorcery Painting (Autumn Echidna) makes clear, the animal is the canvas. The only obvious trace of the artist's...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Art Monthly Australia (AMA)


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