Sarah Goffman: Garbage and the Flowers
When: 24 May – 8 July 2022
Where: Deakin University Art Gallery, Building FA, Melbourne Burwood Campus
The Garbage and the Flowers is a collection of painted plastic artworks spanning over fifteen years by artist Sarah Goffman. Disposable PET bottles and single use plastic packaging have been carefully upcycled by Goffman through her creativity and artistic skill since the early two-thousands. Using the histories of ceramic design and decoration to mimic, copy and transform, Goffman recreates objects of desire from the refuse of consumer culture, creating complex artistic artefacts for our time. Curated by James Lynch, Deakin University.
Plastic Arts 2009
PET plastics, acrylic and enamel paint
© and courtesy of the artist
photo by Mike Myers
Exhibitions are held across our three venues at the Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus; the Deakin University Downtown Gallery at Deakin Downtown, Collins Square; and the Deakin University Burwood Library Space.
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Deakin University Art Collection
The Deakin University Art Collection is a unique and treasured collection of contemporary artworks by some of Australia’s leading artists. The collection reflects the cultural aspirations of Deakin and plays a significant role in creating a welcoming environment on campus, enriching the experience of university life and contributing to philosophical inquiry and creative research.
The collection first came together with artworks from Deakin University’s antecedent institutional collections including the Victoria State Teachers College, Prahran College of Advanced Education, the Douglas McDonnell and others. It now consists of approximately 2,400 artworks by over nine hundred artists.
The collection is comprised of examples of innovative creative practices including achievements in painting, sculpture, print, drawing, ceramic, photography, textiles and includes one of Australia’s largest holdings of artist books. Importantly, it is home to cherished artworks by First Peoples, including many artists that are based in South-Eastern Australia. It also houses artworks by our past and present students and staff, telling a special story of the Deakin University origins and its community.
A selection of important works in the collection are by artists such as: Hoda Afshar, George Baldessin, Gordon Bennett, Uncle Jim Berg, Ronald Bull, Arthur Boyd, Stephen Bram, Maree Clarke, John Cato, Vicki Couzens, Mikala Dwyer, Fayen d’Evie, Robert Fielding, Emily Floyd, Sally Gabori, Simyrn Gill, Aunty Marlene Gilson, Elizabeth Gower, Inge King, Robert Klippel, Hayley Millar-Baker, Sidney Nolan, Lin Onus, John Olsen, Robert Rooney, Mike Parr, Kerrie Poliness, The Ken Sisters, Jenny Watson, Ron Robertson-Swann and Fred Williams among many others.
Maintaining and developing this collection demonstrates the University’s ongoing interest in the study, patronage and advancement of the visual arts in Australia. Acquisition highlights can often be found through our social media.
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*Banner image: Adrian Mauriks, ‘Strange Fruit 2010’, painted epoxy resin, 235 x 700 x 200cm. Deakin University Art Collection. Gift of the artist, 2020. Photography Simon Peter Fox. Image courtesy the artist estate. Pictured in situ at the Melbourne Campus at Burwood.