21 April – 14 May
Peanut Gallery presents ‘BABLIENS’, an exhibition of six fierce female illustrators from around the world. This exhibition is a celebration of the divine feminine that simultaneously seeks to tear down the patriarchy. ‘BABLIENS’ is about embracing one’s power, sexuality and identity, shining bright despite societal expectations and pressures of conforming to the norm.
This exhibition recognizes the spectrum of gender experiences and invites viewers to traverse the private worlds of these six artists. Some open doors to very intimate spheres, such as Jordyn McGeachin (MEL), whose confessional, loaded drawings explore modern romance via online dating. These works are brilliant, vulnerable and incredibly relatable. The original pieces created for BABLIENS explore romance, sex and the thoughts/anxiety that is sometimes attached to those things.
Frances Cannon’s (MEL) work is also primarily based on personal experiences. Her work focuses on the female body and the female psyche, in particular “examining what it is like to be a woman in contemporary times; looking at ideas of body-love and body-loathing, anxiety, relationships, sex and sexuality, gender, and bodily functions.”
Paris-based illustrator, designer and tattoo artist Anna Wanda Gogusey’s (FR) work has a tinge of morbid and macabre. Crescent moons, flowers and warring animals frequent her work. She is inspired by legends, superstitions and popular culture. It is her second time exhibiting in Adelaide, having participated in Tiny Universes at Tooth & Nail Gallery in 2013, also curated by Fruzsi Kenez.
Nes Vuckovic (USA) is a Chicago-based illustrator and cartoonist with a love for the sometimes dark, slightly awkward and all round unusual. She has created a series of nine prints specifically for this exhibition, five complete with an additional manual manipulation with colour pencil, making them a one of a kind original work.
Tayla Broekman (MEL) works almost exclusively in gouache, creating work so flawless it appears as a digital dream. Her work often features anthropomorphic animal portraits, women drifting in dream, infused with elements of Japanese culture.
In the series created for BABLIENS, Ban She (ADL) seeks beauty in the banal, with each small felt marker on paper piece offering a peek into the private lives of women. Through relatable scenes depicting mundane, everyday activities, Ban She communicates a message of sisterhood, acceptance and positivity.
This exhibition is the brainchild of Peanut Gallery director Fruzsi Kenez, who has long dreamed of bringing this unique energy to Adelaide. BABLIENS is open for viewing for three weeks, from the 21st of April until the 14th of May 2017.