21 Feb 2015 - 19 Aug 2015
A new work by Tianli Zu commissioned by Hazelhurst and launched to coincide with the Gallery’s 15th birthday celebrations.
The more than 10 x 10 metre interactive installation in the gardens took viewers on a journey through the history of Hazelhurst and its original owners Ben and Hazel Broadhurst. The Broadhursts established the property in 1946 and bequeathed it to the local community. Combining digital prints and images with delicate hand cuts the installation created playful, and at times eerie, shadows that dance throughout the maze as the light and shade in the gardens shift throughout the day. The hand-cut peepholes created a layering of historical images with views to the original house, the current gardens, and the Arts Centre.
Dr Tianli Zu is an Australian multimedia artist, born in Beijing, China. Zu's contemporary art practice integrates technology and the handmade. She uses an interdisciplinary process of intuitive hand cut paper objects, animation and cinematic projection. Zu employs art to engage with complex social phenomena, culturally, philosophically and psychologically.
Image: Dr Tianli Zu, Shadow Maze 2015 (detail), installation view, Hazelhurst Gardens.