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Shaelene Murray: Kin

A powerful exhibition of complex familial relationships and the women who “cut and sew the fabric of our lives.”

Perfect timing and 6 years in the making Shaelene Murray’s breathtaking figurative sculptures speak of society, history, experience and nostalgia.

By re-contextualizing materials and processes from industry and the domestic sphere, Murray explores archetypes of femininity, and the roles which women play in the context of social and domestic life.

‘I choose my materials and processes for the readings they impart and the emotional response they trigger. I hope to show that strength and fragility can co-exist, that women are more complex than the labels given by society”.

Kin explores the complex familial relationships that emerge in the contentious arena of the home front.

“Toddle,” “Mamma,” “Bubbie” and “Scallywag” are arranged as characters in tableaux, allowing sculptural gesture and negative space to interact, absurd snippets of narrative to emerge. In this story, “Mamma” adorned in an armour of stainless steel, may be viewed as the protagonist in the story line, the personalities of the other characters emerge in contrast to her frumpy, authoritarian figure.

This exhibition is part of Sydney Craft Week 11-20 October.

  • Craft Up Late Tues 15 Oct 5-8pm
  • Official Opening with the Artist Saturday 19 Oct 2-4pm



Wednesdays to Fridays, 11am to 6pm
Saturdays, 11am to 5pm

Wednesday 9 October to Saturday 2 November 2019



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