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Avi Amesbury - Collections 2009

Exhibited in White Heat held in conjunction with The Australian Ceramics Triennale NSW 09 at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Friday 12 June to Sunday 19 July, 2009. The exhibition was opened by Professor Elizabeth Ashburn, Meritus Professor at the University of New South Wales and a Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle.

Also see: Avicam Gallery White Heat

About the work

For more than 69 years expeditions to collect and record Australian insects have been in place. In 1926, as a result of the federal government's The Science and Industry Research Act, the Commonwealth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was formed. As a result the number of specimens collected by entomologists and those donated from private collections grew by the thousands. Insect collecting trips continued well into the 1990s and the number of specimens being housed in the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) grew by the millions.

This current body of work, Collections 2009, is inspired by visits to the insect collection at the CSIRO, in Canberra. The series responds to the notion of collections for research.

I would also like to thank Dr Steve Shattuck, Research Scientist with the Australian National Insect Collection for his time and generosity in making available his image collection. It has inspired a further body of work. And to Robyn Meier, from whom the inspiration seeded.

Avi Amesbury, Collections, 2009
Image of Collections, 2009, White Heat exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum
Medium: Slip-cast, porcelain, clear glaze, decal,
Installation: glass cube

Avi Amesbury, Collections, 2009 (detail)
Chrysomelidae Sagrinae: Sagra papuana
Medium: Slip-cast, porcelain, clear glaze, decal

Avi Amesbury, Collections, 2009 (detail)
Rhytidoponera metallica
Medium: Slip-cast, porcelain, clear glaze, decal

Avi Amesbury, Collections, 2009 (detail)
Rhytidoponera metallica
Medium: Slip-cast, porcelain, clear glaze, decal

Avi Amesbury, Collections, 2009 (detail)
Rhytidoponera metallica
Chiasognathus granti
Medium: Slip-cast, porcelain, clear glaze, decal

Avi Amesbury, Collections, 2009 (detail)
Chrysomelidae Sagrinae: Sagra papuana
Medium: Slip-cast, porcelain, clear glaze, decal

Avi Amesbury, Collections, 2009 (detail)
Chelorrhina savagei (Zaire)
Medium: Slip-cast, porcelain, clear glaze, decal