15 Jun 2021 to 10 Jul 2021 Weekly Event
Jan Murphy Gallery is excited to present the new exhibition from Leith Maguire, ‘Grounding’.
“Drawing has always been a way for me to explore my surroundings and understand my place in them. As I’ve grown older, I’ve become increasingly interested in challenging traditional, Western, binary representations of women’s bodies in nature – representations that describe a quintessential (but passive) ‘femaleness’ that is inherently linked to fertility, beauty and caregiving.
These drawings are a response to these observations and ideas. They are a series of self-portraits that depict my body in relationship with place and nature, and include snippets of the urban landscapes I encountered during and after lockdown. The drawings also explore feelings of detachment, anger and vulnerability, as well as shifting personal experiences of gender identity.”
(Leith Maguire – 2021)
Maguire graduated from Queensland College of Art in 2007 and completed a Masters in Cultural Conservation in 2014. Leith lives in Melbourne and is currently studying early childhood education. Maguire has been awarded the Hill End Artist Residency (2013) and the Heather Blair Award, Cairns (2010). Their work is represented in several public collections including Cairns Regional Gallery, The University of Queensland Art Collection, Somerville House and the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings.
15 Jun 2021 to 10 Jul 2021