Louise Weaver: Moonlight Becomes You

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Media Release: July, 2003. 

A menagerie of crochet covered animals will be unleashed at City Gallery Wellington when Melbourne based artist Louise Weaver’s exhibition Moonlight Becomes You opens on 5 July. From an otter sporting a giant mirror-ball medallion to a lime green racoon in a pair of movie star shades, Weaver’s creatures seem to have been released from museum cabinets and let loose in a glittering disco culture.

Clothed in glittery skins of crochet, sequins and beading, the creatures in Moonlight Becomes You, strut their stuff on a stage bathed in moonlight. Made from high density foam moulds commonly used by taxidermists, Weaver then constructs a new crocheted skin for her creatures using lambswool, nylon, mohair, polyester, silk and cotton.

With appeal to a wide range of ages this delightful exhibition will capture the imagination of art lovers and animal lovers alike. Upon entering the Gallery the viewer is greeted by a cacophony of animal sounds from the twitter of birds to the ribbit, ribbit of frogs – an environment perhaps more like the nocturnal house at the zoo than a city art gallery.

Perched on rocks as though they were in a series of staged dioramas the Louise Weaver’s creatures seem a bit like natural history displays at the museum. But her fanciful animal characters have far more personality than dusty museum exhibits. Weaver says that she wanted to create the sense of the animals “being up to no good.” With naughtiness in mind these creatures, dressed for a special occasion, look a bit frisky or possibly even dangerous.

Born in Mansfield Victoria, Weaver is currently based in Melbourne. She has exhibited widely in Australia and her work has been included in group exhibitions in Canada, Denmark, Korea and the United Kingdom. This is the first time Wellington audiences have had the opportunity to see Louise Weaver’s work.

To coincide with the exhibition, City Gallery Wellington will be running creative holiday workshops for children aged 5-14 years. Designed with fun in mind Crafty Creatures! Workshops, running from 14-18 July, will give children the opportunity to view the exhibition with City Gallery education staff and then spend time in the Gallery’s onsite classroom creating and decorating their own mischievous animals – Weaver style. For more information about Crafty Creatures! Workshops please contact Tracey Monastra, Public Programmes Co-ordinator T: 801 4241.

Moonlight Becomes You, 2003 Courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney. Individual works in Moonlight Becomes You are also courtesy of Jane Kleinmeyer and Anthony Stuart (Melbourne), Mark Young (Melbourne) and Amanda Love (Sydney).

Moonlight Becomes You was first commissioned by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, as part of NEW03.