Savage Garden: Fremantle art exhibition to help animals


Fremantle artist Emma Margetts with the piece Ghost Dog II from her upcoming show, The Savage Garden.
Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au   d475213
Fremantle artist Emma Margetts with the piece Ghost Dog II from her upcoming show, The Savage Garden. Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d475213

THERE is an unnerving quality to Emma Margetts’ latest collection of work.

The Fremantle artist has dropped children and animals into a series of dream-like landscapes stylised in the form of late 19th century portrait-style photographic images for her new exhibition, Savage Garden.

Margetts said her paintings explored humanity’s separation from and superiority over nature by positioning children in a “questionably imperialist” relationship to their animal counterparts.

“I loved the phonetic juxtaposition of the two words ‘Savage’ and ‘Garden’ – with the violence of savage and the tranquillity of garden I thought it summarised something poignant about the brutality and beauty of the world and humanity,” she said.

It is a double opportunity for the artist, who will use the exhibition both as a means of getting more of her work out into the local arts scene and as a fundraiser for Animals Australia.

“As art making can sometimes be a slightly egotistical endeavour, I find adding an altruistic or humanitarian purpose to my art making helps give it meaning and purpose to me,” she said.

“I choose Animals Australia because there are a lot of animal paintings in this show as well as paintings that deal with the relationship between humans and animals, which is sort of a metaphor for humanities relationship to the planet.”

Savage Garden is at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery from November 11 to 25.

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