Central Goldfields artist Georgia MacGuire’s stunning artworks are now on full display at Melbourne’s Federation Square, with her solo exhibition exploring her relationship with Marnda Grik, the Woiwurrung word for large spider.
Ms MacGuire — who works under the name Blackgin — was approached by the Koori Heritage Trust about having a solo show after placing as a finalist in the Koorie Art Award last year.
While she’s had solo shows in Melbourne in the past, Ms MacGuire said she is “particularly proud” of the current exhibition.
“I am particularly proud of this exhibition because it is a new direction in terms of conceptual ideas for me,” she said.
“It’s also really exciting to be in such a high profile space that gets so many people through it. I’ve had messages on social media from people who have come to Melbourne from interstate and gone to see my work.”
Ms MacGuire’s exhibition is about Marnda Grik as a representation of matriarchs of the past and also of cycles of birth, life and death, and is also a way for her to explore her relationship with spiders in a cultural context.
Ms MacGuire created a large, six foot wide sculpture of a spider out of emu leather along with over 20 webs made from metallic thread on bark for the show and said it has helped shift her relationship with spiders.
“I have had debilitating arachnophobia for years but I have been working with paper bark as a medium for most of my art career and it is the natural habitat of huntsman,” she said.
The exhibition will run until November 24 at the Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building, Federation Square.
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