Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012, Georgia Anson has been exhibiting in various group shows and solo exhibitions around Australia at galleries like Seventh and Rubicon ARI. In June and July of this year Georgia was awarded with an artist residency in Muriwai, New Zealand. This year Georgia is completing a Diploma of Jewellery and Small Object design at Melbourne Polytechnic.
Georgia’s practice is diverse and transformative, usually as large embroidery pieces, ceramics, paintings, performance and sculpture.
This exhibition is the aftermath of an art residency in July of 2015, in New Zealand at Muriwai Beach, near Auckland.? In New Zealand Georgia became fascinated with all the fungi species and the lush environment as well as the diverse and unique insect species which this exhibition draws on.
On a hike through the woods near the residency place, Georgia came upon this glistening white, smelly castle rising from the forest floor. It was a Ileodictyon cibarium, or the white basket fungus. Georgia became invested in exploring all the plant- life, and nooks and crannies of the natural spaces she was in, searching for insects and different species of fungus.?The basket fungus and the other interesting bodies she found were so amazing to her, who has grown up in Australia, these moist bodies and lush spaces were not something she was used to and spent much of her time in New Zealand searching and studying these beings. Fungi are classified in their own kingdom as neither plant nor animal, from this fact she made art that plays with this divide of the fungi as these alien bodies and certainly the flesh of these organisms feels like skin although sometimes slimy.
The work in each vitrine acts as entities that create a fantastical dreamscape of moist desire for the wilderness that has been lost in the world. In her art Georgia is immersing herself in the hunt for that magic in our landscapes; those intangible feelings you have when you’re out alone in the forest; the feeling that something is there, watching you. The kind of magic you find within nature and being around animals, and the connectedness that we lose as we grow up. Georgia likes to explore the relationships she has with animals through her sculpture works and over the past year she has been working on the human-animal connection and studying how the human skin, bodies and flesh are changing as a result of medical and scientific research.