MGA Atrium Gallery | Clare Jellie

Clare Jellie’s photographic series, When the sun sleeps explores the small Australian coastal town of Warrnambool, and the stories embedded within its social and environmental ecologies.

Art Exhibition currently on at MGA - Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 19 February 2021 to Monday 31 May 2021

MGA Atrium Gallery | Clare Jellie image

Published by Monash Gallery of Art on Monday 15 February 2021.
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While growing up in the area, Jellie felt torn between staying and leaving, between travelling and dwelling, between city and country. Through the series, Jellie addresses her ambivalent feelings about growing up in a typical regional Australian town, while also connecting with the people who have chosen to embrace an unassuming lifestyle. The work provides a contrast to the usual touristic and clichéd imagery of Warrnambool, showing grey skies, stagnant streets, and a desolate coastline. Drawing on the traditions of long-form documentary photography, Jellie has created a series that both questions and celebrates rural living.