I’m so pleased to welcome Sydney Artist, Rod McRae as Guest Artist for my September newsletter.
With an illustrious career spanning decades, Rod has accumulated a long list of awards and credentials for his works in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, taxidermy and illustrations. Rod’s latest exhibition – Wunderkammer – pushes the envelope in emotive sculpture and installation art.
I was lucky enough to see the exhibition at the Warrnambool Art Gallery last month and was blown away by Rod’s ability to articulate such a contentious story. I’ve since been back to spend more time absorbing the message and thinking about the issues discussed. A very thought-provoking experience.
Rod explains ‘Wunderkammer’ as german for cabinet of wonders, which is a very accurate way to describe the collection of Rod’s creations on show at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, which range from a polar bear on a sinking fridge, to a lion in a bed and foxes in a shopping trolley. Each piece speaks volumes to the big issues around climate change and conservation, and in doing so, seeks to promote discussion and evoke an emotional response from the public.
Rod’s work is both thought-provoking and controversial as it holds up a mirror to the human condition. Rod uses ethically sourced skins to tell an authentic story, encouraging gallery visitors to feel a connection to the animals’ story when they view a piece, and in doing so, to open their eyes to a somewhat confronting and disturbing reality of the modern world.
As artists, we have the ability to tell a story, often without words. Rod believes that by challenging human perceptions of the natural world and the non human species that inhabit it, he can make a difference.
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