The things we make, the stories we tell and the threads that bind them.
"As he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to get at once all the gold the Goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find,-nothing."
Lizamore & Associates will be hosting the opening of Mandy Coppes-Martin's debut solo exhibition, Killing the goose on 2 November 2013. Acclaimed writer, Andrew Miller, will open the exhibition.
The name of this exhibition draws it's title from a proverb - "Killing the goose that laid the golden egg" - that refers to the destruction of something that is profitable, in this case the destruction of natural resources on which we depend for our survival. Killing the goose finds form in a variety of organic mediums, ranging from paper and pulp using fibers such as hemp, sisal, cotton rag and silk. With this exhibition, the artist joins the widespread tradition of environmental art. The term environmental art is used in two different contexts: it can be used generally to refer to art dealing with ecological issues and/or the natural, such as the formal, the political, the historical, or the social context. This eclectic collection of works refers to the many contradictions in popular conversations around the environmental crisis. In focusing on myths and metaphors, Coppes-Martin has avoided an apocalyptic body of work. Instead, these conversations are a personal attempt at fully understanding her own place in the physical universe. She explains: "I want to live simply, without negative impact on the environment. Yet, in the context of the society in which I function in, this seems practically impossible. Can I, as an artist, encourage awareness towards an integrated, more mutually beneficial relationship between man and Earth?"
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