Suspended Moment: Works from a Shortened Life at the Wollongong Art Gallery | Mercury of Illawarra

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Artist Katthy Cavaliere shone brightly in her brief life, and her legacy has been a gift to other female artists. Ms Cavaliere died aged 39 in 2012 from ovarian cancer, the same disease that claimed her mother’s life. She left behind a body of work and the Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship, a $100,000 prize made possible by the estate of Ms. Cavaliere, a performance video installation artist. This Artist Fellowship invited female artists or artist collectives to submit ambitious new projects that focus on the intersection of installation and performance art practice. Read more: How a mother of eight escaped the doomsday cult of Little Pebble Ms Cavaliere’s legacy has since turned into the Suspended Moment exhibition, on display at the Wollongong Art Gallery. Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Suspended Moment contextualizes Cavaliere’s key works alongside new works by three Suspended Moment recipients: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship; Giselle Stanborough, Frances Barrett and Sally Rees, who each received $100,000 from the scholarship. The exhibition includes still, video and audio elements. “Katthy emerged in the late 90s and in some ways her career was cut short; I think she never fully realized her ambitions as an artist,” Mr Cunningham said. “That old cliché that artists often don’t see recognition until they die is sadly very true in this case.” Major presentations of each artist’s new commissions were shown at Carriageworks, Mona and the Australian Center for Contemporary Art, before coming together for display in this exhibition curated especially for the tour. Wollongong Art Gallery is the first host of the exhibition as a whole. Suspended Moment will run until April 24. The Illawarra Pavilion exhibition is also on view at the gallery until May 29. Gary Carsley Renjie Teoh’s immersive experience combines some of the Illawarra’s natural and cultural treasures, such as the iconic Flame Tree and selected pieces of furniture from Wollongong Art Gallery’s Mann-Tatlow Collection, with a soundscape of Louise Loh. The Illawarra Pavilion encourages active viewers and can be experienced partly as a stage set, partly as a multi-perspective illusion. To read more stories, download the Illawarra Mercury news app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

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