Elizabeth Gower artist talk: Friday 15 April

Elizabeth Gower with her installation ‘he loves me, he loves me not’. Photo: Margund Sallowsky, RMIT Gallery, 2016.

Join RMIT alumnus artist Elizabeth Gower at RMIT Gallery on Friday 15 April from 1-2 pm as she discusses her current exhibition ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ in which she wrote the phrase 21,319 times symbolically representing a lifetime of seeking male approval.

Dr Elizabeth Gower is an award winning artist who teaches at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. She has exhibited internationally and in numerous solo and major group exhibitions. Gower’s installation at RMIT Gallery is an extension of a small perishable work initially created in Paris in 2007.

Elizabeth Gower’s exhibition at RMIT Gallery, ‘he loves me, he loves me not’. Installation image by Tobias Titz, 2016.

Gower’s monumental work ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ developed from chalk inscriptions on black walls and as a performance included in ‘Live in the Limo’ (auspiced by AC Institute, New York) at the 2009 Armory Show in which participants were invited to pluck petals off a daisy while asking the question.

In this floor talk, Gower will discuss how the opportunity to develop the project into a large scale, site-specific installation (consisting of 20 lengths of semi- transparent drafting film, each approximately 80 cm x 600 cm, suspended between the ceiling and the floor, each inscribed with the handwritten phrase ‘he loves me, he loves me not’) has had a direct correlation to the concept and content of the work.

Elizabeth Gower ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ exhibition image, Margund Sallowsky, 2016.

Gower says her the ideas behind her installation go beyond romantic love. “There is an obvious reference to the game of picking petals from a daisy while chanting the phrase ‘he loves me, he loves me not’ to determine devotion or rejection. But my exploration of the phrase addresses issues that reach beyond mere speculation of romantic love and desire.”

“In the installation, the semi transparency of the drafting film, and the lightness of the text create a subtle, ethereal fragility. I quite like the idea that the whole enterprise can just be erased, which equates with the notion that the desire for validation can also be impermanent and erased.”

What: Elizabeth Gower artist talk

When: Friday 15 April

Time: 1-2 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Bookings: Free.


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