Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Xavier Art Space - Alice Stokes



























































































I must confess that I didn't actually attend the opening of this show. Fleur went along but with her in hospital after surgery to remove her pituitary tumour I'm winging it.

Alice's drawings are intricate and personal and she has one of the best artist statements I've come across for a long time, which I'm going to quote liberally... "under the dust is a catalogue of outdated medical instruments. These intimate objects sit on an empty page with no contextual reference. Once ordinary tools associated with pain and disease and now admired for their quaint craftmanship. Our shiny toys of today's technology will also collect dust and fall into obscurity."

This show is part of St Vincents Healing Arts Program. I like their commitment to art, it certainly humanises the hospital.

22nd April
St Vincent's Hospital
http://alice-stokes.blogspot.com