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"Water Medicine: Eleven Artists Explore Aspects of Water"
2001-04-19 until 2001-05-26
University of South Australia, Art Museum
Water Medicine is an exhibition in which water has been either integral to the making of the artists' works, or has provided a thematic and conceptual frame. The physical, poetic, ritualistic, spiritual and symbolic attributes of water are imaginatively and skillfully pushed in many directions by the eleven participating artists, as they conjure something precious from the most common element.
Artists included in the exhibition are Robert Baines, Ros Bant, Clare Belfrage, Bronwyn Goss, Jacqui Gropp, Adrian Jones, Janie Matthews, Anne Neil, Susan Pury, Sue Saxon, and Liz Williamson. The show is curated by Kevin Murray.
The preciousness of water and the urgency of its conservation, is of increasing visibility in our society. It is now a 'commodity', a source of local, national and international tension, yet, at the same time there is something very plain and ordinary about formless, colourless water. Water cleanses, nourishes, corrodes, slakes, spills, and is the substance of our tears. Before history itself, humans fabricated vessels and methods to contain and control water. What we see reflected in water, timelessly, is an image of ourselves as mortal beings.