marian drew artwork

marian drew

artist in residence 2009

"Centrepiece (2014) connects the painted tradition of the still life with narratives of play and landscape. In response to my own previous photographic series Australiana/still life (2003-2012), that explored the deaths of wild animals, I aim to bring a certain joie de vivre to the site of the table, imbued with temporality and lightness. The regenerative image of play provides an instructive alternative to Judeo-Christian guilt. I believe that, through our own imagination and engagement, we have to find sustaining metaphors for living that reflect an understanding of our own folly. Not for a moment do I think that play is foolish. I believe that play is a serious creative tool for finding relevant meaning through intuitive understanding."


Marian Drew, 2014