July 27th, 2018 - August 19th, 2018
‘On the fifth day I laid out her exterior. It was a field in area, its walls
were each 10 times 12 cubits in height, the sides of its top were of
equal length, 10 times 12 cubits each. I laid out its interior structure
and drew a picture of it.’
EMBASSY presents Draw out the figure that you will make a new installation of
wall paintings and interactive sculptural works by Ella Walker and Flora Hunt,
resulting from a collaboration seeking closeness with the time-worn and the
fragmented. Angels, demons and goddesses flutter around that space in drawn
image and figurative form. Squishy embraces and intimate encounters between
bodies emerge from imagined historical narratives, archaeological finds and
This new body of work is the product of a conversation between the artists
exploring folklore, fables and embellished tales of earthly and unearthly beings,
places visited and structures built. Both artists have an interest in reinterpreting
and restaging classical techniques of art making and building, mimicking
antiquated techniques in temporary formats.
Flora Hunt’s sculptures invite the viewer to get close, touch and cuddle the work
as well as alluding to a more ethereal sense of place and connection. Their
material quality and forms connect to an idea of closeness with something or
someone ancient and buried in time, inviting tactile intimacy with history, land
and possible ancestors. Texts act as prompts for these interactions, describing
experiences with objects or places that seem distant and otherworldly.
Ella Walker’s large scale mural cloaks the walls and ceiling of the gallery.
Otherworldly figures dance the perimeter of the space and fragments of
buildings are glimpsed. Pigment applied directly to the walls of the gallery
follows from traditional fresco techniques that become an integral part of a
space’s architecture. The resulting compositions are tightly framed, fluid spaces
that suggest a constant interplay between the realms of painting, figuration, and
drawing. Here, the decorative becomes monumental and ‘permanent’.
Invited storyteller Mara Menzies further reimagined the work, performing within the space an original tale inspired by the work along with two of her favourite stories.