Nine Wives is a concept show that transforms the gallery into a contemporary domestic environment where female notions and rituals are explored. For the theme, nine female Queensland artists were invited to create artworks that respond to one of nine rooms that make up a home. Spaces such as the dining room, study, nursery, kitchen and bedroom will be creatively appropriated through sculptural, new media and installation works.
The term is a word play on the childhood riddle ‘As I Went to St. Ives.’ In it the husband originally had ‘nine’ wives, but as time went on, the riddle changed to ‘seven.’ In a similar way, domestic folklore and tradition transforms through the passing of generations, from wifely mothers to wifely daughters.
Artists: Rebecca Ross, Carolyn V Watson, Simone Eisler, Dord Burrough, Zoe Porter, Sue-Ching Lascelles, Kristy Morgan, Lucinda Wolber and Dhana Merritt.
Curated by Mariam Arcilla + Megan Cope.