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Sandra Selig

Exploring Giant Molecules

28 April — 17 June 2023

NorthSite Contemporary Arts
Sandra Selig, Colour is the sound of light, 2022. Spun polyester thread, nails, acrylic paint. 300 x 446 x 359 cm. Installation view, USC Art Gallery. Photo Carl Warner. Courtesy the artist, Milani Gallery, Brisbane and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.

Exploring Giant Molecules is the largest solo exhibition to date of Queensland artist Sandra Selig, bringing together key examples of her interdisciplinary projects from the past two decades.

Selig works at the intersection of visual art and experimental music, using humble materials such as thread, paper, light and sound to articulate intangible notions of form, space and time. Rather than a chronological overview, the exhibition responds to Selig’s site-specific and iterative practice.

The exhibition presents seven projects that address the dominant concerns, materials and forms of Selig’s ongoing bodies of work, including the artist’s pendulum salt drawings that transform throughout the exhibition. Also included is a new thread installation that responds to the gallery’s architecture and spider webs captured on paper—projects that have evolved organically over time and in response to the spaces Selig works and exhibits in.

The exhibition’s title is a discarded text fragment from an old science book, the source material for her ongoing ‘cut poems’ series. Selig’s work with sound and experimental music also feature in a new site responsive installation and accompanying live sound performance by the artist.

Exploring Giant Molecules is curated by Hamish Sawyer.

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Developed in partnership by: UNISC and UNSW Sydney. This project is supported by Queensland Government.

This exhibition was developed by University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery in partnership with the University of New South Wales. This project was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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