Stardust in our Veins Kate Shaw

Last year, a Dutch entrepreneur announced plans to establish a permanent base on Mars, inviting members of the public to apply for a oneway trip there. More than 200,000 people from applied en masse for the opportunity to start again in a world without a trace of life – and with no chance of return.

Art Exhibition previously on at Fehily Contemporary in Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 09 October 2014 to Saturday 01 November 2014
Launch Saturday 11 October 2014, 3 - 5pm

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For Stardust in our Veins, her new solo exhibition at Fehily Contemporary, Kate Shaw teases out this enduring fascination with interplanetary
colonisation and what it might mean. Through a series of vibrant, psychedelic landscapes, she suggests these yearnings are a complicated
combination of hope for new beginnings and a sense of hopelessness about a planet we seem certain we’ll lose.
Following her travels from the frozen fjords of Iceland to the dense jungles of Costa Rica, Shaw presents here a series of imagined landscapes
of the Red Planet. Formed by acrylic paint pours, these sparkling and marbled otherworldly vistas possess a transcendent but troubling beauty.
“I am concurrently exploring the sublime in nature whilst imbuing a sense of toxicity and artificiality in this depiction,” Shaw has said. “The
intention is to reflect upon the contradiction between our inherent connection to the natural world and continual distancing from it.” Nowhere is
this approach more pronounced than in Stardust in our Veins, with a move to Mars representing the ultimate distancing from the natural world
and, perhaps, a new connection to a new one.