Internationally recognised Kokatha and Nukunu artist Yhonnie Scarce brings her luminous and powerful works to The Art Gallery of Western Australia in the largest-ever ensemble of her collected glass and mixed-media works seen in Australia, for the Perth Festival in 2024.
One of the country's leading contemporary artists, Scarce is known for her large-scale, unforgettable glass installations that reveal hidden stories of Australia's foray into nuclear testing, and the impacts of colonisation on First Nations people, illuminating the artist's desire to bring the darkest shadows of Australia's past into the direct light of day.
The exhibition is accompanied by a new monograph published by AGWA in collaboration with Power Publishing. The 170-page hardcover publication features full-colour plate images, fold outs and essays by Timmah Ball, Kelly Gellatly, Natalie Harkin and Tamsin Hong, with an interview between exhibition curator Clothilde Bullen and Yhonnie Scarce.
Image credit - Yhonnie Scarce Death Zephyr 2016 (detail). Hand-blown glass, nylon and steel, dimensions variable. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Art Collection Benefactors 2017. © Yhonnie Scarce. Image © Art Gallery of New South Wales 14.2017.a-c.