Hul Gil

Savoie de Lacy, Ravensbourne, Dunedin
Feb 11 – Mar 11, 2017

Photographed by Yonel Watene

“The title of this show is the ancient Sumerian name for the opium poppy which means ‘the plant of joy’. Taking as its subject the wider genus papaver rather than just the narcotic producing somniferum, Hul Gil is a study in the dichotomy between abstraction and subject. It is a plant with robust seed that
can seem to take root anywhere yet with such a delicate and fragile flower; producing a substance that can lead to either healing or harm.

Building upon the floral theme found in art historical traditions of still life this series of paintings present and expressive process reflecting on cultural narratives of taboo, repression, redemption, and art as a point of liminalty between the conscious and unconscious. Symbolic as a narcotic of forgetfulness and as an emblem of remembrance, Hul Gil offers the intoxication of the aesthetic experience. ”



The Wasteland, 188x101cm, acrylic on ply (2017)



A Game of Chess, 110x110cm, acrylic on ply (2017)



In Death’s Garden …, 49x139cm, acrylic on ply (2017)



Orientale I, 44x122cm, acrylic on ply (2017)



Hul Gil, 44x122cm, acrylic on ply (2017)



Orientale II, 44x122cm, acrylic on ply (2017)



… All the Flowers are Blue, 49x139cm, acrylic on ply (2017)


Installation views





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