Bethany van Rijswijk: Shapeshifter presented by Private Projects
Under a kaleidoscope of leaf-mould and earth/ and a pelt of yellow lichen/ the costume of an unknown maiden/ found where the sea once covered the Baltic/ has precisely the same red-banded patterns/ as certain hallucinogenic mushrooms/ once revered as gods.
Bethany van Rijswijk is a visual artist and poet based in Hobart, Tasmania. Enriched by her studies in world folklore, ritual, and costume, her hand-cut collages and poems create an imagined mythology from found images and phrases. A psychedelic strain of “Eastern European granny decoupage”, her work explores the relationship of women’s folk art and poetry to the other world. Her first solo show, ‘Shapeshifter’ owes much to the scholarship of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas and chants of Maria Sabina, as craft comes to be viewed as a vehicle for glimpsing the sacred within the mundane.
Exhibition: 28 January – 25 February 2017
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Open Saturdays 10 – 4 to the public and by appointment
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Suite 7, Level 1, Moonah Centre
Cnr Hopkins and Main Road
Moonah TAS 7009
Image: Bethany van Rijswijk, Fly Agaric, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.
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