Marian Drew is Associate Professor at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and her practice for twenty-five years explores intersections between drawing, video and photography. Collections of the John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia include her work. She represented Australia in the First Asia Pacific Triennial 1992, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China 2010 and the Photography Biennale, Photoquai, Paris 2011. Recent solo exhibitions in Australia include Centrepiece, Turner Gallery, Perth, 2014 Ornamental, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Sydney, 2013, and Basel Volta Switzerland 2014. Her work was included in Prix Pictet publication, Earth, 2009, Switzerland. Her first monograph, Marian Drew Photographs and Video, 2006 was published by the Queensland Centre for Photography. Drew is represented by Dianne Tanzer Gallery; Melbourne, Michael Reid Galleries; Sydney and Berlin, Hill Smith Gallery; Adelaide, Paul McNamara Gallery; New Zealand and Joseph Bellows Gallery; La Jolla, California and Amelia Johnson Gallery, Hong Kong.
“Tabletop Games from the series Fresh (2014) connects the painted tradition of the still life with narratives of play and landscape. In response to my own previous photographic series Australiana/still life (2003-2012), that explored the deaths of wild animals, I aim to bring a certain joie de vivre to the site of the table, imbued with temporality and lightness. I propose that play is a serious tool that brings meaning and creativity into our everyday lives. These works aim to return us to the table as a site for balance, conversation and connection. The regenerative process and image of play provides a valuable metaphor for living and a modern addition to the traditional allegories of the still life.
For more information on Marian Drew, please visit www.mariandrew.com.au