11 July - 22 July
11-22 July 2017
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
The present works express the artist’s dismay at the way in which we are ignoring the effects of climate change on others.
Art attempts to trap an emotion, memory or idea, which can be shared with or be re-interpreted by others. The present works express the artist’s dismay at the way in which we are ignoring the effects of climate change on others. As the sea level rises many Pacific islands are being swamped.
The ‘faces’ in the present paintings and sculptures are based on the artist’s interpretation of works of art which came from these islands. Little is being done to preserve the cultures from which such works originated; rather jokes, such as ‘There are going to be a lot of Wet Feet’, are made about the consequences of the rising sea levels.
After a distinguished career as a Research Professor in Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne, in his retirement David Hirst has embarked on a painting career which is influenced by his travels and work as a research scientist.
Hirst was awarded a Diploma of Visual Arts from CAE in 2012. Wet Feet is his third solo exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs.