Ah Xian: Naturephysica

The Children's Art Centre will present an interactive project developed in collaboration with Chinese-born Australian artist Ah Xian which will invite children and families to engage with the artist's ideas and artworks through specially designed hands-on and multimedia activities.

Art Benefit previously on at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Queensland, Australia.
From Saturday 28 May 2016 to Monday 03 October 2016

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Published by GAGOMA on Wednesday 06 April 2016.
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In a drawing activity inspired by the artist’s ‘Metaphysica’ sculptures in the Gallery’s Collection, children will discover the meaning of traditional Chinese symbols and can select an object that is meaningful to them to draw as part of their own self-portrait.

In the ‘Metaphysica’ series, Ah Xian creates a balance between body and object. Each sculptural bust is adorned with an object above its head to appeal to the realm of thoughts and dreams, the spiritual and metaphysical.


Young visitors will also explore projected images and ideas about patterning in a multimedia activity which enables them to see their own bodies become awash with different floral patterns and landscape images. As a way to explore the artist’s ideas about moving between and belonging to two different cultures, the projected landscape images will feature places in both China and Australia.