FIONA FENECH’s Utterances of the Everyday is an exhibition that masquerades as the comfortable and familiar, with domestic settings realised through stitching and cut paper that have been invaded by fractured cautionary tales. A pertinent example that simultaneously has a sense of playfulness and hostility is the work ‘Too Many Little Chiefs’. As the title suggests, it articulates the warning present in the homily, ‘Too many chiefs, not enough Indians’ through the creation of a pervading sense of chaos within a scene of children playing a game of dress-ups. The exhibition also features her hand made wallpaper collages and sets of three graduated acrylic cutouts of domestic appliances, referencing the ubiquitous sets of ever diminishing ceramic ducks in flight of the 1950′s.
DIANNE LONGLEY orchestrates curious dialogues between iconography from disparate places in history, mysticism and culture. Using white porcelain plates as her canvas, Longley has assembled strange scenarios of mystical creatures interacting with images from Japanese ‘kawaii’ culture, alien looking plant life and symbols from games of chance. The plates appear to be a portal into an alternate world of the fanciful, wonderful and fantastical, and also the eerie, disturbing and bizarre. Longley is exhibiting pokerwork pieces and prints alongside the porcelain works that evoke a similar multifaceted sense of intrigue.