lia mcknight

everyday sacred

14 september - 13 october 2018

 

In her exhibition, Everyday Sacred, Lia McKnight finds inspiration from the natural world to explore themes of life, death, sex and magic.

Enjoying an interplay between the real and imagined, McKnight's darkly humorous drawings and sculptures are at once alluring and disarming. They appear like mental maps to a strange and erotic terrain where suppressed desires and fears emerge as eerie dreamscapes. Intrigued by concepts of transformation and the interconnectedness of all things, McKnight's work speculates on the nature of being by referring to the everyday alchemy of growth and decay.

Drawing upon the inherent qualities of materials and their symbolic potential, her current work extends upon her ongoing interest in the sensual experience of objects. The sourced imagery and collected objects have been found around the bushland and coastline where she regularly walks: places close to her home outside Fremantle. By combining recognisable objects with the unreal or imagined, McKnight draws out their uncanny and erotic qualities, giving agency to these previously inanimate objects. Her drawings are at once beautiful and disturbing. Delicate lines and soft colours transcribe known objects that then exude dark dreamings of speckled spore and translucent seepings.

Lia McKnight achieved a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Edith Cowan University (1997) and completed a Master of Arts at Curtin University in 2005. She has been exhibiting in group and solo exhibitions for over 15 years. She recently developed the major exhibition, Sensual Nature (2018) in collaboration with Fremantle Arts Centre Curator Ric Spencer.

 

 

I acknowledge the Noongar Wadjuk people as the traditional owners of country on which I live and work. I wish to acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community and I pay my respects to them and their culture; and to Elders, past present and future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lia mcknight artwork
wriggle, spill
ink, graphite + pencil on 638gsm saunders waterford watercolour paper
57 x 76cm
2018
$2,450 framed
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virium
ink, graphite + pencil on 638gsm saunders waterford watercolour paper
33.7 x 25cm
2018
$650 framed
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nascent
ink, graphite + pencil on 638gsm saunders waterford watercolour paper
38 x 28.5cm
2017
$650 framed
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furried
ink, conte + graphite on 640gsm arches watercolour paper
38 x 28.5cm
2017
$650 framed
lia mcknight artwork
pink spill
ink, graphite + pencil on 638gsm saunders waterford watercolour paper
28.5 x 19cm
2018
$450
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filament
ink, graphite + pencil on 638gsm saunders waterford watercolour paper
57 x 76cm
2016
$1,950 framed
lia mcknight artwork
pink squish
ink, graphite + pencil on 638gsm saunders waterford watercolour paper
28.5 x 19cm
2018
$450
lia mcknight artwork
tuft
ink, graphite + pencil on 638gsm saunders waterford watercolour paper
28.5 x 19cm
2018
$450
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soft rise
ink + graphite on 640gsm arches watercolour paper
28 x 28.5cm
2017
$520 framed
lia mcknight artwork
green stain bubble
ink, graphite + pencil on 638gsm saunders waterford watercolour paper
13 x 48cm
2018
$560 framed
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mirror bud fluff
ink, graphite + pencil on 638gsm saunders waterford watercolour paper
57 x 36.5cm
2018
$850 framed
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fringe fall
ink, graphite + pencil on 638gsm saunders waterford watercolour paper
19 x 14.5cm
2018
$340
lia mcknight artwork
pair
ink, graphite + pencil on 638gsm saunders waterford watercolour paper
19 x 14.5cm
2018
$340
lia mcknight artwork
puff
ink, graphite + pencil on 638gsm saunders waterford watercolour paper
19 x 14.5cm
2018
$340
lia mcknight artwork
come closer and see
glazed stoneware, synthetic hair
71 x 13 x 10.5cm
2018
$650
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string fall
ink, graphite + coloured pencil on 640gsm arches watercolour paper
17.5 x 29cm
2017
$520 framed
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see into the dark
glazed stoneware, tassel fringe
41 x 22 x 7cm
2018
$850
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follow your eyes
glazed stoneware, tassel fringe
43 x 22.5 x 8cm
2018
$850
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dookatj
bronze
9 x 11.5 x 2.5cm
2018
$1,250