Art Post Uki’s next exhibition opens on Thursday 16th August and features the fascinating and unexpected work focussed on Memento Mori (an object kept as a reminder of the inevitability of death) by Uki artist, Christine Mellor.
“There’s a certain fascination we hold within our culture about death, and the Still Life genre of Memento Mori is a successful means to discuss a number of topics often associated with it – including mortality, the inevitability of death, and the beauty which arises as a result of death, says Christine.
Christine’s work involves using selected parts of local native road-kill, which are arranged as subjects in paintings and as small objects. She evokes a sense of ‘beautiful uneasiness’ with the use of light and tone. Metaphors for the boundaries and restrictions that occur within our lives are also referenced in her work.
Christine is very much a local. She was born in Murwillumbah, and spent her childhood growing up with her family in the Chillingham General Store. Through necessity she had to defer her hopes of studying art and with her husband Garry and children settled in Tyalgum before moving to Uki in 2011.
After 27 years of working together in the construction industry, Christine was able to follow her dream by completing a Certificate 1 Visual Arts course at TAFE Murwillumbah continuing onto the Advance Diploma of Visual Art culminating in an exhibition at the beautiful Art Piece Gallery at Mullumbimby.
After three years of commuting to Brisbane, Christine graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Queensland College of Art. It is now her dream to create work with concepts revolving around the complications, mysteries and pleasures of life and death.
THE BONE REPOSITORY Exhibition will be on display until 27th September 2018.
NB: During the period of her exhibition, Christine will conduct a ‘bone’ workshop with the children of Uki Primary School, to introduce them to the concept of Memento Mori.
Art Post Uki is committed to displaying the work of the talented artists of the local area in what is a truly unusual venue. The exhibitions are selected by an independent panel and curated by local artist, Susan Kinneally, to ensure the development of strong ongoing community involvement and visitors to the town.
Gary Wall (Post Master, Art Post Uki) 0402 469 807 / (02) 6679 5101 Sue Kinneally 0435 030 114