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Uses of Enchantment: Art and Environmentalism

May 6, 2023 - October 29, 2023

Shary Boyle (b. 1972), Revival Beach, 2011–2015, ink and gouache on paper, 89 x 107 cm, private collection. © Shary Boyle

Uses of Enchantment:
Art and Environmentalism

May 6 – October 28, 2023

About the Exhibition

In a time when our human relationship to the natural world is rapidly changing, this exhibition pulls together artists who are registering their experience in ways that intrigue, caution and entrance. The exhibition takes its title from the classic work by Austrian psychologist and scholar Bruno Bettelheim, who posited that children’s fairy tales provide for children an imaginative space in which to process their deepest fears and dread: the death of a parent, abandonment etc. Borrowing this paradigm, curator Sarah Milroy explores how contemporary artists use the strategy of enchantment to explore our contemporary experience of climate change, species and habitat loss, and environmental degradation.

These are worlds turned inside out, yet we are drawn into the artists' imaginative visions to reflect on the place we find ourselves in as planet Earth’s rogue species. 

Artists in the exhibition include Shary Boyle, Carrie Allison, Shuvinai Ashoona, Qavavau Manumie, Bill Burns, Sara Angelucci and Winnie Truong, working in such various media as clay, pencil drawing, audio art, performance and sculpture.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring essays on each of the artists, and a forward by McMichael Chief Curator, Sarah Milroy.  

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May 6, 2023
October 29, 2023
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