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Donated sculptures unveiled at Form exhibition

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The sculptures of Magdalene and Monte Carlo that has been donated to the gallery by Linde Ivimey.

Two unique sculptures, donated by famed Australian artist Linde Ivimey, were unveiled as part of Bundaberg Regional Galleries Form exhibition opening on Friday.

On display until Sunday, 27 March, the exhibition showcases key sculptural pieces that embody the idea of ‘Form’, a term that symbolises objects that are three dimensional and enclose volume by having length, width, and height.

The sculptures on display are part of the Bundaberg Regional Galleries Collection which features more than 400 works.

The latest additions to the collection are two pieces from recently exhibited Linde Ivimey who requested her work be donated to the gallery after her involvement in last year’s SAVOUR exhibition.

The Australian contemporary artist is well known for her figural sculptures which are made largely of woven fibre, steel armatures, dyed cotton, and animal parts, and depicting human-animal hybrids.

Bundaberg Regional Galleries Director Rebecca McDuff said the works have a unique story, being quite different to Linde's usual pieces, and for a good reason.

“These artworks by Linde Ivimey are Magdalene and Monte Carlo and they are quite small and different to the work Linde exhibited as part of the SAVOUR exhibition,” Rebecca said.

“The reason for this is because Linde created these pieces at a time when she was actually quite unwell as she had a lot happening in her personal life and her health was suffering.

“Due to this, she found she couldn't stand and work in the way she used to so she moved to this new way of working by making these pieces on her lap, which has resulted in us being able to see detailed intricacies in the way these sculptures are created, and I feel like they are even more powerful as you can see the details.

“The names are representative of Arnott’s biscuits, as Linde talks about being in hospital waiting rooms, or hospital rooms and the Arnott’s biscuits are of course ubiquitous along with your cup of tea, so she has named the whole series after Arnott’s biscuits.

“Like many of Linde’s works, these are a great representation of how she utilises found objects, for example we can see the ears are made out of bone, so I really encourage people to look closely to see the intricacies of the works.”

The sculptures of Magdalene and Monte Carlo that has been donated to the gallery by Linde Ivimey.

Linde’s sculptures are highly sought after by private collectors and galleries internationally, with Australian actress Cate Blanchett known to have acquired her work.

Council’s Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the donation was a wonderful addition to an already well-established collection and a great feat for galleries staff.

“To be gifted a Linde Ivimey artwork as recognition from the artist after being so impressed with her visit and involvement in SAVOUR is a credit to the continued hard work of our galleries team,” Cr Learmonth said.

“The Form exhibition is very unique, and I encourage people to visit the exhibition and see just how wonderful the galleries sculpture collection is for themselves.”

You can find out more about the exhibition here.

Other exhibitions currently on show at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery include JamFactory Icon Tom Moore: Abundant Wonder and A grand display by Troy Emery.

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