Mikala Dwyer: the garden of half-life


A mineral specimen from the Macleay Museum featured in Mikala Dwyer: the garden of half-life

In this new site-specific installation for the University Art Gallery, Mikala Dwyer will incorporate objects drawn from the University’s vast, largely unseen collections and teaching resources. Ancient geological specimens such as meteorites, tektites, minerals and crystals, will feature in new videos and be transformed into sculptural propositions. The artist will also create major new wall-paintings, based on cross-sections of geological formations.

Dwyer’s work will explore deep time, creating new constellations and dialogues between invisible forces and visible materiality. This interdisciplinary project will offer novel ways for audiences to engage with University collections, extending the role of the artist-as-researcher. A publication will document the project, giving insight into the historic geological specimens, with site-specific photography, and an interview with the artist. A symposium in October will explore Dwyer’s work in the context of contemporary art’s engagement with historic archives and collections.

Curated by Luke Parker

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.