Yhonnie Scarce uses glass as more than a mere material; acting as a lens and a mirror, it both reflects and exposes the tragedies of Australia’s colonisation. Like archaeological objects, Scarce uses her glass works to tell stories and bear witness. Akin to a gatherer of bush food Scarce creates glass-gatherings of the persecuted. The repetition of brittle ambiguous bodies collected for experimentation and examination conjures the relentless impact of colonization and the litany of abuses suffered by Aboriginal people.
Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia. She belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. Scarce is currently exhibiting in Personal Structures, a collateral exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennale. Opening November, Scarce will be featured in Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria.
In 2012 Scarce held a residency and exhibited at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum, University of Virginia USA and participated in Aboriginal art symposiums at Seattle Art Museum and the Hood Museum, New Hampshire.
Her work is held in major collections including National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Press release courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY dianne tanzer + nicola stein.