ZOONOSES: Dr Nicola Hooper


ZOONOSES: Dr Nicola Hooper

Exhibition dates 14 July - 26 August

Manning Regional Art Gallery is proud to present ZOONOSES, a major touring exhibition showcasing artworks by Dr Nicola Hooper.

Dr Nicola Hooper has taken the darker side of nature and turned it into exquisite, thought-provoking art. 

Through drawing and lithography, Nicola Hooper uses fairy-tale iconology and rhymes to explore concepts surrounding zoonoses (animal diseases that can infect humans). The exhibition ZOONOSES explores how we perceive certain animals in the context of fear and disease.

ZOONOSES includes artworks created in January 2019 during a studio stay at Black Church Print Studio in Dublin, while Nicola researched the Celtic myth ‘Concerning Cats’ by Lady Francesca Wilde in her book Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland 1887. Nicola re-tells this story, making associations to the zoonosis ‘Toxoplasmosis’. The works are all created using hand coloured stone lithography including an artist book, prints, wallpaper and a mobile.

ZOONOSES is a touring exhibition of works by Dr Nicola Hooper presented by Logan Art Gallery, Logan City Council, in partnership with Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program, and is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. Proudly sponsored by Haymes Paint.

image: Dr Nicola Hooper, Detail of Zoonotic Wallpapers; Ross River Zoonotic Wallpaper (left), Ode to Morris Zoonotic Wallpaper (top), Tularaemia Zoonotic Wallpaper (right), Lady Wildes Toxoplasmosis Wallpaper (bottom), 2017, digital vinyl prints of hand coloured lithographs, dimensions variable, image courtesy the artist.

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