Troy Emery: After the gold rush

Troy Emery strikes gold as lustrous yellow-hued creatures take centre-stage on an altar surrounded by golden walls. These fluffy, furry animals are created using pompoms, tassels, tinsel and yarn; their luscious textile pelts a camp interpretation of the way skins and furs are cherished and fetishised. Presented alongside works showing the 1850s Ballarat gold rush and decorative arts from the gallery’s collection, Emery’s sculptures reference the cultural value of an art gallery and its contents and the value and rarity of native wildlife.

Troy Emery, gold tomcat, 2019, polyester, polyurethane, pins, adhesive. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria

Art Gallery of Ballarat
Until 9 February 2020