Images by Ying Ang
pépite presents 'Things That Keep Me Up At Night', an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Melbourne artist Morgana Celeste.
Click here to enter the exhibition's viewing room.
Selected to be part of Craft Victoria's month-long festival Craft Contemporary, 'Things That Keep Me Up At Night' is Morgana Celeste's most ambitious show to date.
Combining her love of materiality and composition, Morgana creates vibrant and tactile three-dimensional works that sit somewhere between painting and sculpture.
In this exhibition the artist reflects on the thoughts that loosely populate her mind throughout the transient instants before falling asleep or during small sleepless windows at night – the exciting projects she dreams up, small unshakable worries and the soothing reassurances that lift her spirits and mellow the mind.
‘These are my evening dreams, the things I drift towards before falling asleep. It's the dream home that I'm constantly finessing and decorating in my mind; it's a compliment or a reassurance I want to remember to tell my friend in the morning. I dream up the perfect knitted jumpers and imagine all the clothes I'd make if I could sew.
It’s also the silly things that keep me awake that nag at my mind, little embarrassments and regrets. Some things are so small – too insignificant to say out loud but just large enough to hold onto forever.’
The pieces in this show were conceived around four separate chapters - the dreams, the embarrassments, the reassurances and a big emotional spill illustrated through a collection of 3D sculptures.
Created using an unconventional mix of materials such as paper pulp, fine cement and high quality acrylic paint, each piece draws attention to the medium’s tactile quality.
The hand worked nature of every piece aims to encourage a sensory response in the viewer. Once fluid and malleable, the hardened surface preserves a physical memory of the maker’s hands as well as the feelings and visual stimuli present at the moment of creation.
‘Things That Keep Me Up At Night’ is a light-hearted and deeply intimate depiction of the artist’s most vulnerable reflections – whilst based on personal experiences, it accurately describes universal emotions and tender moments that we can all relate to and connect over.
Click here to enter the exhibition's viewing room, or read our Q&A with Morgana Celeste about her creative journey and inspiration behind 'Things That Keep Me Up At Night'.
We also invite you to share your own emotional 'baggage' that may be keeping you up at night over here.
Exhibition Dates (online only)
Friday 1st October - Friday 15th October
Le Space, 1 Mater St, Collingwood 3066
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