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Sandra Selig: Exploring Giant Molecules

The largest solo exhibition of Australian artist Sandra Selig, bringing together key examples of her interdisciplinary projects from the past two decades.
Sandra Selig
Exploring Giant Molecules

18 February—7 May 2022
Curated by Hamish Sawyer

Developed in partnership with the University of New South Wales, where the exhibition is presented from 27 August—20 November 2022. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Selig works at the intersection of visual art and experimental music, using humble materials such as thread, paper, light and sound to articulate intangible notions of form, space and time. Rather than a chronological overview, the exhibition responded to Selig’s site-specific and iterative practice.

The exhibition presented six projects that addressed the dominant concerns, materials and forms of Selig’s ongoing bodies of work, including a pendulum salt drawing that transformed throughout the exhibition. Also included was a new thread installation that responded to the gallery’s architecture and spider webs captured on paper—projects that have evolved organically over time and in response to the spaces Selig works and exhibits in.

The exhibition’s title came from a discarded text fragment from an old science book, the source material for her ongoing Cut poems series. Selig’s work with sound and experimental music was also featured in a new site-responsive installation and accompanying live performances by Primitive Motion.

Selig is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.

Opening event
3.00pm Saturday 19 February 2022

Discussion: Arryn Snowball, Sandra Selig and Nathan Shepherdson
10.00am Saturday 23 April 2022

Closing event: Performances and launch of Sandra Selig publication
4.00pm Saturday 7 May 2022

Publication
Sandra Selig: Exploring Giant Molecules features essays by Hamish Sawyer, Professor Sue Best and Leighton Craig, and an interview with José Da Silva providing important and timely scholarship on Selig’s work alongside images of works across the artists career and documentation of the exhibition.

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Edition
To support the production of this publication, Selig created Matter and being 2021 a unique artwork edition that connects to the artist’s ongoing interest in line and space within found and built environments. Visit our shop to purchase the edition.

Sandra Selig ancient angle 2012 (detail). Spun polyester thread, nails, 240.0 x 495.0 x 350.0cm. Courtesy the artist, Milani Gallery, Brisbane and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.

Sanda Selig Digital Story: The James C Sourris AM Collection

LiveLab, Griffith Film School 
Sandra Selig digital story with interview by Hamish Sawyer 
James C. Sourris Artist Interview Series 2017-2018 
John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland 
MMS ID: 99183592219202061