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Exploring Georges River’s endangered flora and fauna through art


A new exhibition has arrived at Hurstville Museum & Gallery and the community are invited to an afternoon tea to meet and hear from the artist, Rhonda Dee.

An Afternoon with the Artist, Rhonda Dee will be an opportunity to view her new exhibition, Mirror, Mirror on the River, which reimagines centuries-old folktales through the modern-day lens of climate change.

Using mixed media practice, Dee explores the critically endangered and extinct flora and fauna species of the Georges River area. Through painting and sculpture, she fuses aspects of animals, humans and plant species into new hybrid forms that question what it means to be the ‘other’ in an uncertain world. An example of this is her work, Broken Song.

Dee says, “We are all migrants continually traversing not only the spatial boundaries of continents and culture, but also the subcutaneous, internal geographies of body, emotion and psyche. My work concerns itself with this interiority and its relationship to the construction/deconstruction of identity.”

Born near the border of Texas and Mexico, Dee is a dual citizen of Australia and the United States. Her artworks are concerned with identity and transformation, and span across a variety of mediums including sculpture, painting, installation, sound and public art.

Dee’s art works can be found in permanent collections at Long Island University (NY), the Museu Brasileiro da Escultura (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Macquarie University Art Gallery, the Australia China Arts Foundation, as well as in national and international private collections.

With the arts being a major focus of her life, Dee has an unwavering belief in the power of creative expression as a positive transformative force for all.

For more information on the exhibition and to register for An Afternoon with the Artist, Rhonda Dee, visit: Hurstville Museum & Gallery.

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