Tuggeranong Arts Centre – Contrasting Conventions

Natalie Quan Yau Tso: I have arrived at Yellow
LUCA’s Daughters: Ventre
Karri McPherson: More Than Meets the Eye
9 April until 21 May 2022

These three immersive exhibitions explore colour, surface, co-creation and collaboration. The artist’s works use the mediums of video, painting, movement, installation, and performance and  investigate self-reflective themes including racial identity.

Natalie Quan Yau Tso – I have arrived at Yellow
Luca’s Daughters – Ventre
Karri McPherson – More than Meets the Eye

Natalie Quan Yau Tso investigates yellow in the contexts of both racial identity in Australia and cultural-political tensions in Hong Kong. The exhibition consists of installation, sculpture, and performance.

‘In a video performance Nothing Happened Here, Tso delves beneath the flesh, hair and skin to expose trauma corroding in between bodies and societies. In the work, Tso eats 腸粉 (steamed rice rolls) while singing songs, reading online comments and reciting from various ‘banned’ sources about the 2019 protests.

The substance passes in and out of her mouth as she stuffs, recites, spits, sings and feeds herself, hinting at the weight of Hong Kong’s political trauma corroding in between bodies and societies. The muffled pronunciation evokes conflicts of self-censorship, protection from violence, grief, fear, and refusal to accept the erasure of Hong Kong.’

Ventre, by LUCA’s Daughters (Slipper George and Ellis Hutch), is an evolving installation that seeks to flip convention by inviting audience members into the gallery to co-create and collaborate.

Karri McPherson’s geometric abstractions take various forms including murals, studio work, public installations, and digital design. In this exhibition transforms the Foyer Gallery into an immersive, geometric picture space, placing the viewer inside the painting.

Opening Event Saturday 9 April – Free, all welcome

  • 2:00pm: Ventre-from the Gut artists talk and space activation
  • 3:00pm: Drinks and light refreshments
  • 3:30pm: Performance by Natalie Quan Yau Tso

Image Karri McPherson Wabi/Sabi 2022, Painted Installation