Logan Art Gallery infested in the name of art

Published: 12 October 2018

Logan Art Gallery infested in the name of art
This Giant Horse fly will feature in Nicola Hooper's Zoonoses exhibition.

Shailer Park artist Nicola Hooper has taken the darker side of nature and turned it into art.

City Lifestyle and Community Committee Chairperson, Councillor Steve Swenson, said Nicola was awarded a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant in July to develop her current exhibition – Zoonoses.

The exhibition will open at the Logan Art Gallery on October 19 and run until November 24.

The exhibition features lithographs, sculptures and artist books focused on zoonoss which are infectious diseases that can be naturally transmitted between animals and humans.

Major modern diseases such as Ebola virus disease, salmonellosis and Q fever are all examples of zoonoses.

Cr Swenson said 3D-printed fleas, mosquitos, ticks and horse flies would all be featured in this intriguing and thought provoking exhibition.

“Zoonoss is a highly ambitious idea which is going to look amazing as an exhibition,” he said.

“The whole of one wall of the gallery is going to be wallpapered with pictures of zoonoss while two dimensional bugs made from cardboard are going to hang from the ceiling.

“There will also be 3D printed little creative objects covered in animal furs.”
Nicola said the exhibition’s initial inspiration was drawn from a fascination with the animals used in laboratories.

She had also drawn parallels to the representation of animals in fairy tales, myths and rhymes.

“These works use fairy tales, myths and rhymes as a metaphor to discuss zoonotic outbreaks in a non-threatening and restrained manner.

“I have carefully studied animal specimens in museum collections and applied them to archival and current newspaper stories of zoonotic diseases that have had devastating effects on human life.”

The exhibition stemmed from the research conducted as she studied for her doctorate and involved the creation of rhymes and a number of zoonotic wallpapers.

Nicola said the exhibition used drawing as a narrative tool to consider the human fear of animal hosts in the context of their association with zoonoses, with her mainaim was to generate greater understanding of the natural world.

“It is interesting how we humans both despise animals for their role in spreading disease across species, yet also revere them as they provide us with the means of vaccination through scientific testing and discovery,” she said.

Nicola will be hosting a two day animal narrative lithography printing master class on November 2 and 3 at the Logan Art Gallery inspired by the Zoonoses exhibition.

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 3412 5519 or online at logan.qld.gov.au/galleryevents