Robyn Stacey: as still as life

Curated by Anouska Phizacklea, the touring exhibition ‘Robyn Stacey: as still as life’ comprises ten works drawn from projects undertaken by the artist (2005-2010) which contemplate colonial collections and their meanings.

Robyn Stacey, Fontaine de Vaucluse, 2009, from the series ‘Empire line’, chromogenic print 120 x 169.5cm. Courtesy the artist, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Jan Manton Gallery, Brisbane and Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

‘Underpinning the compositions, whether simple or complex, is the search for order and meaning. Every element is there to educate and elucidate, and the image is incomplete unless the viewer participates in this decoding, inviting an investment in the image by both the maker and the viewer,’ says Stacey.

Carefully arranged skulls and rotting fruit represent the inevitability of death, wilting flowers allude to the changing of seasons, and broken glassware reflects the transitory nature of human experience.

They are complemented by an elaborate still life installation created from the personal collections of FUMA staff and specimens on loan from the University’s anatomy collection.

Flinders University Museum of Art
12 October 2020 to 5 February 2021
South Australia