'KIDS THAT ARE BANNED FROM THE SQUARE'
Antoinette O’Brien’s subjects are tender tough. Just learning to smoke and fight and get dressed without being told how. They are the innovators, influencers and magicians on the streets. But there is something else that brings these sculptures together. Most of these kids sit, squat, lean on a support. Some quotidian piece of street junk like a milk crate. Except look at the glaze, the colour, it has been made significant. As has the folding stool, the wall, the rock…. These are the things that help tether us to our environment. These supports bring structural balance to each sculpture while putting forth a good question: if you are going to ban me from belonging, what will hold me now? - Jaimee Edwards
LISMORE REGIONAL GALLERY - GALLERY 5
7 AUG - 26 SEPT 2021
Image: Louie 2021 ceramic, costume jewellery, fox fur, 48 x 41 x 38 cm