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HR Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University | Vigil

Image: ‘Vigil (installation detail) 2017, Natalie Power. Photograph: Natalie Power.
Wagga Wagga artist Natalie Power is set to open her latest exhibition Vigil on Saturday 2 December at 1:30pm in the HR Gallop Gallery. This will be her third exhibition in the art gallery at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga in twenty years.
Ms Power graduated from CSU with a Visual Arts degree in 1997, where she held her first solo exhibition Names Will Never Hurt Me. In 2007, she presented Yirayin, and now in 2017, Vigil completes the full life/death/life cycle that is a central theme in her work.
Ms Power elaborates, “I’m excited and nervous about exhibiting at the HR Gallop Gallery and amongst the community of people that have nurtured my artistic development. As an art student in my first year of study, I remember going down to the Hampden Bridge and sketching it, and being able to drive over it. Later it became a foot bridge. Now the Hampden Bridge has vanished; demolished in 2014. The echoes and remains of that structure are still there, submerged in the landscape and in my memory. Some of my underlining themes are about this; space and time evolving, changing, growing.”
This will be evident in Vigil where archival imagery of the previous installations will be shown to talk to current artworks where materials, ideas and found objects are building, submerging and changing to articulate the complexities of time, lived experience and artistic practice over the last 20 years.
Sarah McEwan from the Cad Factory says, “Natalie is a significant Wagga based artist who contributes to the cultural life of this community. This exhibition marks a significant moment in Natalie’s practice where three decades of her making collides through history and greets us in the present. To me, it also indicates the strength of CSU as a regional university training artists and maintaining links to its student population and their careers.”
As a regional based artist Ms Power says, “I believe that the opportunity to exhibit conceptual art in a rural environment is important in the way that it allows us to rethink and explore ideas in a language that is visual and visceral.”
The exhibition continues from 4 – 22 December and is open Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm.
Vigil Launch: Saturday 2 December, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
HR Gallop Gallery at Charles Sturt University Open Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
For more information contact: Natalie Power, 0439 385 152 or