Orchidelirium & Trick of the Light
Sharnaé Beardsley & Catherine Truman
18 Jun – 06 Jul 2019
Sharnaé Beardsley is a Christchurch-based emerging artist. Currently, her work repurposes the venerable genre of flower painting for a contemporary context. In 2011 she received an Advanced Diploma of Fine Art from the Design & Arts College, Christchurch and in 2012 graduated from the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Beardsley has exhibited throughout New Zealand and is currently featured in a nation-wide touring exhibition titled Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander’s Legacy produced by the Embassy of Sweden and Solander Gallery, Wellington. Other highlights including winning the viewers choice for the Art Gold Award Otago in 2013 and being a finalist in the Molly Morpeth 3D Art Award in 2014. Beardsley was selected as a participating artist in the 2014 Rubble Artist editions and in 2017 a finalist in the Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award. In 2016 Felicity Milburn, Curator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna ō Waiwhetu wrote an essay on her art and practice in Takahē Magazine titled: The Secret Life of Plants. Beardsley has work is represented in significant private collections both in New Zealand and overseas and in the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna ō Waiwhetu collection.
“Beardsley’s orchid is not shy. It’s a performer, exceeding the bounds of its white stage. There’s something mischievous about the flower, as if it’s trying on new identities, turning the tables to mock an insect mocking a bloom.”
Francis McWhannell 2019
Catherine Truman is an established contemporary jeweller and object-maker working across the disciplines of art and science. She is co-founder of Gray Street Workshop, Adelaide, South Australia where she currently lives and works.
Truman’s practice is renowned for its diversity and incorporates contemporary jewellery, objects, digital image and film installation with a focus upon the parallels between artistic process and scientific method.
Qualified in the Feldenkrais Method of movement education, Truman has researched historical and contemporary anatomical collections world-wide and has participated in a number of art/science- based projects. Between 2008 and 2014 she was artist in residence in the Autonomic Neurotransmission Laboratory, the Anatomy and Histology departments and the Ian Gibbins Microscopy Suite at Flinders University, Adelaide. Currently she is a visiting scholar at the Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology, Eye and Vision Research, School of Medicine, Flinders University.
Truman’s current project titled The Visible Light Project: experiments in light and vision incorporates two residencies in tandem – at the Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology, Eye and Vision Research, School of Medicine, Flinders University and the State Herbarium, Botanic Gardens of South Australia to draw ‘creative’ parallels between the physiology and structures of the human eye and plants and the ways both process light into energy.