A display of art for thought

May 25, 2018

Canberra-based artist Raquel Ormella's exhibition I hope you get this opens at the Shepparton Art Museum today.

Social and environmental activism, human and animal relationships, nationalism and national identity and feminism and political identity will be the themes explored at a new exhibition I hope you get this.

Officially opening at the Shepparton Art Museum this evening, the survey exhibition features the work of Canberra-based artist Raquel Ormella from the past 20 years of her life.

With a strong textile influence, the exhibition is set to be thought-provoking and will show at Shepparton before heading on a national tour through a NETS Victoria and SAM partnership.

Curated by SAM director Rebecca Coates and senior curator Anna Briers, the survey exhibition will feature four significant bodies of work as well as a site-responsive commission.

‘‘Ormella’s works aim to stimulate contemplation, connection and engagement with issues of our times, without making her own position necessarily explicit,’’ Dr Coates said.

‘‘Very often, the materials she uses are things that we all have at home, or for the hoarders amongst us, in some of our cupboards.

‘‘The title of this show, I hope you get this, refers not only to her own position within the works, but also to our reading of these various subjects.

‘‘She invites visitors to engage, to reflect, and bring their own understanding and experiences to the show at the same time.’’

Ormella said it was her second major exhibition, with the previous one a decade ago.

‘‘This is a completely different exhibition,’’ she said.

There will be a full-day workshop on July 14 as well as a SAM Out Late on July 26 as part of the exhibition.

I hope you get this officially opens this evening at SAM from 6pm to 8pm with an artist talk from Raquel Ormella taking place at 5.15pm. RSVP by phoning 58329861 or email for catering purposes.

The opening remarks will be conducted by The Australian National University’s art professor Chris McAuliffe. The exhibition runs from May 26 to August 12. For more information on the artist, see tomorrow’s Weekend Life.

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