North Lismore artist Clare Twomey pictured with her dog Trevor at the Serpentine Gallery in North Lismore where her work will be part of the sixth Scarlet exhibition.
North Lismore artist Clare Twomey pictured with her dog Trevor at the Serpentine Gallery in North Lismore where her work will be part of the sixth Scarlet exhibition. Jacklyn Wagner

'Sex and lust' on show at gallery

SEX, SEDUCTION, LOVE AND LUST will be on exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery from today.

The sixth annual Scarlet art exhibition promises to be a somewhat saucy show featuring works from as many as 45 artists.

Gallery volunteer Sue Alford said the exhibition was about delving into concepts many artists battled with.

"Is it love? Is it lust? These are the things the artists struggle with," she said.

The works on display include paintings, prints, ceramics, photography, soft fabric hangings and performance art.

Artist Clare Twomey has three woodcut prints in the show. Two of her works are based on photographs by E.J. Bellocq who took the portraits of sex workers in New Orleans early last century.

"It's based on the beautiful women who ended up in brothels," she said.

"They are sad stories...but in the photos they are happy and serene....they have resilience...and it's about the commercial side of sex."

Bellocq's photos reminded Ms Twomey of similar portraits which hung in her childhood family home.

"My father had two racy photos. They evoked something that shouldn't be seen," she said.

The exhibition opens tonight at 6pm, and will include an erotic spoken word performance by Supatra and a poetry performance by Wera Feves.

There will also be burlesque performances, live music and an open microphone section, kicking off at about 7pm.

The gallery operates due to a team of committed volunteers. It also receives some sponsorship from businesses and the community. Tonight's dress code is "dress to solicit and seduce for an adults only evening."

The Gallery is at 17a Bridge St, North Lismore.

For more information visit http://www.serpentinearts.org.



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