Having recently had her first child, this exhibition introduces a new thread to contemporary artist Yvonne Todd’s practice. Alongside other curious associations, Barnacles draws on some of the visual language of parenthood such as oversized mittens, bibs, curtain fabrics from Spotlight and a rather challenging self-portrait of the artist, 39 weeks into her pregnancy.
For this exhibition Todd has chosen to use ingénues - young, beautiful women inspired by pop artist Andy Warhol’s Factory Girls. Alongside references to the hippy, psychedelic style of the 1960s & 70s, the artist has also included a stern Victorian inspired gown, a portrait of a discarded disposable raincoat found in the gutter and the quasi-pretentious photographic treatment of an old sack.
Download Lucy Jackson's essay 'Interpreting Barnacles'
This essay was commissioned by Ramp Gallery as part of an ongoing series of essays from young writers to explore and expand on Ramp’s exhibition programme, providing a further space for critical dialogue and creative responses.
Join us for the opening preview of Yvonne Todd's new work Barnacles on Wed 15 Feb, 4 - 7pm.
Yvonne will be in the gallery on Wed 22 Feb at 11am to discuss the work and all are welcome.
Developed and toured by the Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga. / This exhibition has been generously sponsored by Cooney Lees Morgan.