Opening 06.06.15 6-8pm
Artist Talks 27.06.15 6-7pm
After Firing is an investigation into the material relationships between wheat, fire, and marble, using a photograph taken in 1953 by Wolfgang Sievers as its starting point. The photograph, titled ‘In the Forum Romanum’, shows a severed marble hand holding a sheaf of wheat. The hand is that of Ceres, Roman goddess of agriculture. She holds wheat in her right hand, and a torch in her left. This duality of growth and combustion, and the symbolism of the severed hand, has led to a body of work where historical narratives of the ‘artist’, and traditional agricultural practices are interwoven.
*This project was commissioned by Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Therese Keogh is a Melbourne-based artist. She graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours from Monash University in 2011. Therese has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions around Australia, employing research methods to examine the structures that produce, and transform, space through an engagement with site, landscape and histories of making. Recent exhibitions include: raft, Craft Victoria, Melbourne 2013, The Equatorial Arrangement (part one), Tarp Space, Ouyen 2013, The Sievers Project, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 2014, Obscured, Bus Projects, Melbourne 2014, and, The Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne 2014.