Sea art for the senses

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Image from Sublime Sea: Rapture and Reality includes Petrina Hicks’ Venus. Picture: Supplied

MORNINGTON Peninsula Regional Gallery’s summer exhibition Sublime Sea: Rapture and Reality will run 14 December-23 February.

This major summer exhibition will feature about 100 paintings, sculptures, photography, film and the decorative arts. They aim to reveal “how the sense of wonder and awe that has driven artists across the centuries is heightened today as the sea itself is under threat”. With loans from major galleries and museums, including NGV, NGA, Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, Australian National Maritime Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Museum Victoria and various private galleries, Sublime Sea: rapture and reality evokes the overwhelming experience of nature, from intrepid journeys and mysterious grottos to the infinite space of the ocean.

The gallery’s curator Dr Vivien Gaston said: “The exhibition shows how a sublime vision evokes intense beauty that transports the viewer beyond the everyday, as well as overwhelming fear that emphasises human insignificance and often a combination of both.”

First published in the Mornington News – 10 December 2019

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