Kate Rohde and Troy Emery
In Myth Making the gallery transforms into a reimagined ecology.
Kate Rohde and Troy Emery present a new body of work inspired by classical European myths merged with legend and places unique to the Wimmera and Grampians region to reimagine our local landscape within the gallery aesthetics.
Their first-time collaboration brings together a long term interest in animal motifs and forms, decorative arts and historical museum display practices in an explosion of colour and ideas.
Rohde is known for her colour filled installations of sculptural works and wallpaper designs. Her work often collides decorative motifs with objects from Baroque to Victorian style which activate the senses and conjure memories through form. Emery’s sculptural practice of creating textile based animal-like forms explores the material and aesthetic relationship between fine arts and craft. Through these forms he examines the way humans view animals as both decorative motifs, keepsakes and symbols of ecological ruination.
Together on visits to the Wimmera, the artists have taken cues from the landscape, the vibrant colours of our big sky, the Pink Lake, the golden grain fields, and the green gorges and dark caves of the Grampians. Mixing local and classical myth, Rohde and Emery have created a wunderkammer responding to the region’s natural environment and its animals across each of the gallery
A Horsham Regional Art Gallery exhibition.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Image: gallery view Myth Making exhibition. Photo by A.K. Media.