Friday 27 May - Sunday 24 July

Mildura Arts Centre
Galleries 3 & 4


Kerryn Sylvia

Celebrations of rites of passage experiences are thought to be on the decline in our Western modern societies. Historically such human experiences have stood as markers throughout a life that provide meaning and assist in the process of identity formation.

This body of work explores the liminal phase of rites through the lens of motherhood, bearing witness to the experiences of her adolescent children. The work develops out of a process driven mediation of the everyday through objects and materials that are imbued with family history, memories and the repetitive nature of maintenance. 

Cast, heated, moulded and knotted, forms allude to the magical, enchanted life that exits outside of the order of structured society and time that are integral to the human experience. 

Image: Kerryn Sylvia, Knots like little beating hearts (detail), 2021 - 2022. Plaster, natural dyes. 50cm diameter (approx): 50 pieces