An exhibition currently running at the Centre for Theology and Ministry in Parkville is showcasing the very best of art based on the theme of feminist theologies.
The ‘Tending to Stories’ exhibition coincided with a feminist theology conference of the same name, held recently, involving participants from all over Australia.
Guest co-curators Steph Gesling, Pearl Taylor and Christina Rowntree were responsible for putting together the vibrant exhibition, which continues until November 24.
“The exhibition provides an opportunity for many to view an extraordinary body of work that tells of, and tends to, the stories that have shaped us, and those just beginning, with a multiplicity of threads for us to weave, sew, mend with, or simply to acknowledge and appreciate from our own unique perspective,” Christina said.
“We found a central theme for artists was heart rending stories of ecological damage and loss of habitat.
“The artworks made in response, however, are full of beauty and lament, (such as) Rachel Peters’ striking painting of whales disoriented by the threat of seismic testing in the seas near her home town of Warrnambool.
“Others connect with family lineage, or represent ancestral stories, or reflect on the intersections of culture and heritage.
“The artworks invite contemplation and connection, and there are icons celebrating Australian women, and the Woman at the Well.
“Pearl Taylor’s paper cuts honour saints medieval and contemporary, and sculpture and installations in a wide range of materials enliven the space.
“We thank the 36 artists present in this exhibition for their vulnerability, boldness, tenderness and for saying ‘yes’ to the call.
“With paint, pens, pencils, printing, clay, papercutting, textile, found objects, installation, collage, and automation, they have tended to story, collective and individual, and allowed us the privileged position to witness.”
The exhibition is at 29 College Crescent, Parkville from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, and can be followed on Instagram