Maria Fernanda Cardoso Dead and green leaves 2010

Maria Fernanda Cardoso The Newcastle Chest (2010) closed: 53.0 x 71.0 x 46.0 cm Australian red cedar (Toona ciliata), NSW rosewood (Dysoxylum fraserianum), River red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis), tartan, glass and brass fittings
Commissioned by Newcastle Art Gallery with the assistance of James and Judy Hart, Robert and Lindy Henderson, Valerie Ryan, Newcastle Art Gallery Society and Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation

The Newcastle Chest 2010

Maria Fernanda Cardoso
Colombian-born, Sydney-based artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso engages with the entomological world in her work, inspired by the spiders, beetles and butterflies displayed in the Macquarie chest. Cardoso has focused on the specimens that are NOT seen in the original chest, that is, those creatures from the insect world that use mimic camouflage as a survival strategy. These insects offer a metaphor of the societal pressures placed on the individual to assimilate, to blend in – pressures felt by Cardoso herself as a migrant in Australia.

 Maria Fernanda Cardoso Dead and green leaves 2010

 

Maria Fernanda Cardoso Dead and green leaves 2010
Dead leaf butterflies (Kallima inachus inachus),
Leaf insects (Phyllium giganteum), branch, metal
pins, foam, and glass, 33.5 x 64.0 x 9.5 cm
courtesy the artist and Grantpirrie, Sydney

The Newcastle Chest 2010
Commissioned by Newcastle Art Gallery
with the assistance of James and Judy Hart,
Robert and Lindy Henderson, Valerie Ryan,
Newcastle Art Gallery Society and
Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation
Newcastle Art Gallery collection

Cabinetmaker Scott Mitchell
Australian red cedar (Toona ciliata),
NSW rosewood (Dysoxylum fraserianum),
River red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis),
tartan, glass and brass fittings
closed: 53.0 x 71.0 x 46.0 cm

CURIOUS COLONY A twenty first century Wunderkammer is on display in the Gallery 10 July - 29 August 2010.