Coming soon: Elizabeth Willing – Forced Rhubarb

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By Lauren Zoric

28 May – 18 June 2022

Forced Rhubarb is a new body of work from Elizabeth Willing, an installation of hand-printed and embroidered linens, accompanied by a floorwork made from sherbert-filled straws. Food is the catalyst Elizabeth Willing uses to translate the ineffable body, to reflect on the performance of eating, and facilitate multi-sensory experiences. 

Since making a statement at the Melbourne Art Fair in 2018 with the installation Strawberry Thief featuring a William Morris-inspired wallpaper print using native Brisbane ingredients, hand-carved wooden sculptures, the Anxiolytic cocktail performance and collages of fruit cakes accompanied by a bright pink carpet, Willing has since held solo exhibitions at University of Queensland Art Museum, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Kuiper Artspace Brisbane (all 2019) and Museum of Brisbane (2020).

In this new body of work, the Linens, Willing turns hosting into a solitary method, sublimating the obligation of labour, duty of service, and commitment of time into form. Mining a personal archive of colourful test prints, each a fragment of research from the past ten years.

The floor installation Moviprep (pictured) stretches across the expanse under our feet in huge loops, one continuous tube made from over one thousand individual sherbet filled straws.

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