Glass theme in two exhibitions at USC Gallery

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2 March 2012

2 March 2012

Two remarkable exhibitions exploring themes of glass – as a metaphor and as an object of beauty – will open at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery at 6pm on Thursday 8 March.

Gladstone artist Melanie Jai will share her heartfelt journey into the chaos and confusion of autism in Through the Looking Glass, presented by the Queensland Arts Council’s Exhibition Touring Program.

Chris Pantano's Rainforest open bowlThe Arts Council’s Exhibition Touring Director, Lisa Beilby, said Ms Jai used painting to reflect on the inner world of her autistic son.

“By focussing on child-like subjects such as Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, puppets and dolls, the art works represent an imagined adventure trail into her son’s experiences,” she said.

“The paintings are large-scale and striking in their fantastic portraiture. Melanie connects with the fairytale land of villains and heroes that her son so often retreats to and her whimsical paintings will inspire understanding, compassion and acceptance for those affected by mental health issues.”

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