Kate Bergin, Hawthorn

Hanging majestically in a grand Victorian home, beautifully reinvigorated by Fiona Austin of Austin Designs, the brief was to bring a contemporary feel to the revitalised residence whilst complimenting its strong architectural features. Bergin's work was a perfect fit. Bergin's objects and creatures are presented on the white cloth as a kind of altar-like offering to the viewer. This display also represents the connection with the tradition of still life, whilst the continuing presence of the spoons, spectacles, telephones, guns and keys which the creatures seem to be drawing from, remind us that life can be absurd, beautiful and sometimes like any fairy-tale, just a little bit frightening.