EXHIBITIONS / Valerie Sparks: Unnatural Migration - Part 1

01.12.2012 to 15.12.2012

Opening Friday 30 November 2012, 6 - 8pm

 

This exhibition will be the first is a series as part of Sparks’ Monash University Master of Fine Art research project. Expanding on her existing practice and long-term interest in unsettling hybrid landscapes, digital photography, immersive installation environments and museum artefacts, this research will bring together these areas of investigation to explore conceptual and aesthetic relationships between them. As part of this project Sparks will create a large-scale digital photographic reinterpretation of the 19th century French wallpaper entitled Le Bresil, an exotic representation of a jungle scene dense with bird life.

 

The major work in this exhibition is Unnatural Migrations, a large scale photographic triptych which has recently been exhibited in both the Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Art Centre, and the Bowness Phtography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art. This work is accompanied by a selection of birds, photographed at the Vienna and la Rochelle Natural History Museums. Many of these specimens are of historical significance, often collected by early naturalists, with some dating back to the First Fleet.

 

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Valerie Sparks: Unnatural Migration - Part 1 2012 by Valerie Sparks

Valerie Sparks: Unnatural Migration - Part 1  2012

Valerie Sparks

installation view

Valerie Sparks: Unnatural Migration - Part 1 2012 by Valerie Sparks

Valerie Sparks: Unnatural Migration - Part 1  2012

Valerie Sparks

installation view

Valerie Sparks: Unnatural Migration - Part 1 2012 by Valerie Sparks

Valerie Sparks: Unnatural Migration - Part 1  2012

Valerie Sparks

installation view

Unnatural Migration 2012 by Valerie Sparks

Unnatural Migration  2012

Valerie Sparks

Cock-of-the-Rock 2012 by Valerie Sparks

Cock-of-the-Rock  2012

Valerie Sparks

Pigment Inkjet Print on Paper

47 x 31 cm (image size)

Lafaille's Cabinet #1 2012 by Valerie Sparks

Lafaille's Cabinet #1  2012

Valerie Sparks

Pigment Inkjet Print on Paper

65 x 45 cm (image size)

Plum Throated Cotinga 2012 by Valerie Sparks

Plum Throated Cotinga  2012

Valerie Sparks

Pigment Inkjet Print on Paper

47 x 31 cm (image size)

Quetzal 2012 by Valerie Sparks

Quetzal  2012

Valerie Sparks

Pigment Inkjet Print on Paper

56 x 24 cm (image size)

Untitled Bird #1 2011 by Valerie Sparks

Untitled Bird #1  2011

Valerie Sparks

Pigment Inkjet Print on Paper

56 x 24 cm (image size)

Untitled Bird #2 2012 by Valerie Sparks

Untitled Bird #2  2012

Valerie Sparks

Pigment Inkjet Print on Paper

65 x 45 cm (image size)

Victoria Crowned pigeon 2012 by Valerie Sparks

Victoria Crowned pigeon  2012

Valerie Sparks

Pigment Inkjet Print on Paper

65 x 45 cm (image size)