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Wilgefortis 2013 Art Exhibition

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The art of rejection
The fictional saint Wilgefortis plays muse to six artists for an odd exhibition on the 13th to 15th of September. Artists will explore and redesign the concept of rejection. Every choice we make is a rejection of what got left behind. Even the simplest of things, for example rejecting coffee for herbal tea, one lover for another, or saying 'no' to a personal trainer endorsed healthy lunch option and 'yes' for one that will make your tongue happier. I do not know how sad a burger feels when you ditch it for sushi but I do know that from rejection (eventually) comes inspiration. However, I imagine the artists will explore more intriguing concepts and conceive masterful strokes of paint and pencil to guide us on this artistic adventure.

maria tancred wilgefortis art exhibition
Previous work by Maria Tancred. From: www.facebook.com/Wilgefortis

[ADVERT]The tale of Wilgefortis is an unfortunate one, of course. The tear-inducing tales are often the most inspiring (or immobilizing). She is the medieval saint of anxiety, grief, escape and liberation as well as the patron saint of the subjugated and besieged. I think we all need a little help from Wilgefortis sometimes.

She was sacred to those who sought freedom, especially women with abusive husbands. However, I do not think she ever flitted down from her cloudy canopy to help. The saint rejected her father's choice of a husband in part due to her vow of chastity. Despite this, she was still battered into the arrangement. She prayed to God for her to become nauseating to her future husband. He answered her prayers by sprouting a beard on her face. Naturally, the man fled but her father was even less impressed and had her crucified. All of the artwork, however, is not necessarily about Wilgefortis but inspired by rejection itself.

hendrix travis beard wilgefortis
An art piece from Wilgefortis 2012 by Travis Hendrix. From: www.facebook.com/Wilgefortis

This year's exhibition follows on from last year's great success featuring several bearded ladies. Rejection is not a novel concept to artists. Rejection follows them and us around like an unwanted stalker. 2013 gives canvases to Salome Cardenas, Vanessa Cox, Timotheos Roussos (curator), Ann Roworth, Margot Runge and Maria Tancred. Our culture is a disposal one. Weekly, new rubbish finds its way to the side of the road, rejected and alone. That which is no longer useful to us leaves us. Is anyone guilty of iPhones one through to six?

 Salome Cardenas wilgefortis flowers art
A piece from last year's exhibition by Salome Cardenas. From: www.facebook.com/Wilgefortis

The exhibition aims to put everything you know about rejection into a pot of boiling water, add in some funky ingredients and herbs, and turn it into something new. We have already met rejection countless times in our existence but the artists invite you to find something new and explore your response to rejection and its aftermath. Artists have been implored to get creative (even more so) and discover every branch on the rejected tree. For example, recycling as an artistic concept. This could involve reusing unthought-of materials or recreating and putting exciting twists on old works; especially pieces that lay hidden in embarrassed shadows.

royal wedding ann roworth art wilgefortis
A previous piece by Ann Roworth. A gothic spin on the royal wedding. From: www.facebook.com/Wilgefortis

Opening night is on Friday the 13th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The gallery will also be open on the weekend from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Hasten to their Facebook page for more details and to get pumped for the visual feast that opening night hopes to be.
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Why? Rejection can be fun, strange and beautiful
When: 13th: 6:00pm to 9:00pm. 14th to the 15th: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Phone: 32 522 552
Where: Jugglers Art Space - 103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Cost: Free
Your Comment
It must be by morbid personality but I love the skeleton wedding portrait.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12442) 2220 days ago
I loved this article - very enjoyable :) I certainly wish I could be there for the exhibition!
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2220 days ago
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