Catherine O’Donnell, install image of ‘Sirius Topography’ installation as part of ‘The Ideal Home’ at Penrith Regional Gallery, 2018. Install image photographed by Silversalt photography.
Sirius Topography (series) comprised of 5 large scale Tape installations commissioned by Penrith Regional Gallery for ‘The Ideal Home’ exhibition, a partnership between the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.
The Sirius Building was designed to house and improve the lives of the neediest in our community. Yet, all too often social housing developments and their tenants do not receive the same consideration by government as do those in private accommodation, which is evident today, where the Sirius building has been offered for redevelopment for the wealthy.
Catherine used the underlying symmetry of this iconic building and represented it in terms of order, abstraction, and geometry to elevate it through aesthetic contemplation, so that it contradicts the ordinariness of its existence and allows for at least the possibility of transcendence and a fresh way of seeing this brutalist building. Read more.
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