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Ikon will present an exhibition of new work by Australian Aboriginal artist Yhonnie Scarce (b. 1973), as part of an international tour developed in partnership with TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Australia.
Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia, and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. Working with glass, Scarce explores the political nature and aesthetic qualities of the material – in particular corresponding to the crystallisation of desert sand as a result of British nuclear tests on her homeland during 1956-63.
For her residency at Ikon, Scarce has been researching materials held in archives at the University of Birmingham. These include documents related to the scientific research of German physicists Otto Frisch and Rudolf Peierls, which led to the development of the atom bomb. Alongside her research, Scarce has been making a new work at the University of Wolverhampton, home to one of the UK’s largest glassblowing facilities. This work, which she began in March, will be presented in Ikon’s Tower Room.*
Organised by Ikon and TarraWarra Museum of Art with consultant curator Hetti Perkins. Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Australian High Commission in the United Kingdom.
This exhibition has received assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund, supported by Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
*Please note the Tower Room is only accessible via a number of steps