Not so still life and interiors

By Melanie Cooper

About this Curation

Traditionally, the still life ranked among the lowest of genres in Western art because it did not revolve around the human subject. Still life paintings included formal arrangements of inanimate or dead objects including fruit and vegetables, shells, animals, bottles, vases and so on. These compositions often reflected on the brevity of life or, on the other hand, on abundance in nature.

With the rise of Modernism, artists used still life subjects and interior settings as the testing ground for exploring radical new ideas in representation and technique. The works featured here have been produced in the same spirit as their artistic forebears as images that encourage viewers to take a closer look at the inspiring potential of the every day.

About the Curator

Melanie is a visual artist and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide where she recently graduated with a phD in Art History. She writes academic articles for publication and reviews for online journals including Verso-MMXVI, Fine Print and Cerae: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Serving on a number of academic and editorial committees, Melanie is an active member of the arts community.

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Other Media

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