Anne Graham: Whispering and Rustling

With a career spanning three decades and four continents, 'Whispering and Rustling, the Susurrus of People, Places and Things.' is a welcome and overdue exhibition of Anne Graham's work.

After a retiring from academic and curatorship in 2013, Anne and her partner moved to the Hartley Valley in Central Western NSW. Since then her work has appreciated with the focused attention, with Graham participating in eleven exhibitions and was awarded the Cite Internationale des Arts Residency Fellowship 2015.

Engaging with her local area the artist has been actively involved with the regional arts community, working with BRAG, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, local environment groups, and Cementa Inc. to develop projects in response to the people, places and politics of the region.

And ‘Whispering and Rustling’ reflects this engagement with the local – a site-specific exhibition hat re-examines and represents Anne Graham’s works in conversations with each other.

Not a survey show as curator Sarah Gurich points out, ‘Whispering and Rustling’ is “conceived as a site-specific work unto itself where sound, installations, objects and narrative portraits are placed in ways that create resonances, increase connections, and reinforce the narrative elements of Graham’s practice. The works will ‘speak’ to each other within the gallery space, echoing the underlying premise in Graham’s work that objects stimulate memory creating a ‘feedback loop’ between experiences of things encountered in the present with memories of the past.”

Focussing upon the last ten years, the exhibition will include around 26 artworks in installation, sculpture and portraiture as well as a new work with sound by Boris Hunt. All works are from the period, created since her time in the Hartley Valley.

An established artist, this focused exhibition promises to be an insightful look into the progression of and development of Anne Graham’s work since retirement and living in the Central West.

EXHIBITION
Anne Graham: Whispering and Rustling, the Susurrus of People, Places and Things.
7 October – 20 November 2016
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Courtesy the artist and Bathurst Regional Gallery.