A Whisker of Light

 

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
A Whisker of Light
Saturday 3rd of February – Sunday 29th of April, 2018
Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 230 High Street, Maitland, NSW

 

An exhibition of works on paper, comprised of a flock of twenty-one birds both floating on the wall and framed, five concertina artists’ books, four hundred and forty-six postcard collages arranged in tonal gradation, and one rogue Delias hübner.

A Whisker of Light provided us with the chance to re-exhibit a work comprised of postcards and drawings previously shown, though in slight variation, as part of All breathing in heaven, at Geelong Gallery, in 2013, and By This Unwinking Night, at Latrobe Regional Gallery, in 2012.

Alongside this work, a selection of artists' books, currently on display as part of Looped, at State Library Victoria, 2017–18, and two Great auks, last seen as part of In Your Dreams, at Counihan Gallery, 2014, were also included.

A Whisker of Light, in 2018, is the first large exhibition of our work we have not personally installed.

 
 
I closed my eyes, to look at the stars. I laid my head, to explore the wilderness. I coiled up upon a rock, to feel what it was to scamper, and glide, and ultimately soar, and I did so knowing that you were my eyes and ears. I blotted out the day, and replanted it anew.

With your hand on my cheek, I looked up at the sky. In the hug of your tail, I felt my skin prickle and burn.

I was stationary, and yet I was leaping. I was warm, and yet I was stone.

(From the artists’ book, A warmed pebble in my hand)
 

List of works

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
I think all the world is falling
2017

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
No longer six feet under
2017

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Disrupted and rumpled
2017

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Dim wood, spark bright
2017

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
A warmed pebble in my hand
2017

Gracia Haby
All breathing, all right
2006–2015
Postcard collages

Louise Jennison
Quietly watching (before Eldey Island)
2014
Pencil on paper (framed)

Louise Jennison
Suspended until the end (Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis))
2014
Pencil on paper (framed)

Louise Jennison
All flying, all right
2011–2014
Pencil on paper