exploring giant molecules is the largest solo exhibition of Australian artist Sandra Selig, bringing together key examples of her interdisciplinary projects from the past two decades.
Selig works at the intersection of visual art and experimental music, using humble materials such as thread, paper, light and sound to articulate intangible notions of form, space and time. Rather than a chronological overview, the exhibition responds to Selig’s site-specific and iterative practice.
The exhibition presents six projects that address the dominant concerns, materials and forms of Selig’s ongoing bodies of work, including the artist's pendulum salt drawings that transform throughout the exhibition. Also included are new thread installations that respond to the gallery’s architecture and spider webs captured on paper—projects that have evolved organically over time and in response to the spaces Selig works and exhibits in.
The exhibition’s title is a discarded text fragment from an old science book, the source material for her ongoing Cut poems series. Selig’s work with sound and experimental music also feature in a new site-responsive installation and accompanying live performances by Primitive Motion.
Selig is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.
3.00pm Saturday 19 February 2022
Discussion: Arryn Snowball, Sandra Selig and Nathan Shepherdson
10.00am Saturday 23 April 2022
Closing event: Performances and launch of Sandra Selig monograph
4.00pm Saturday 7 May 2022
Accompanying the exhibition is the artist’s first monograph. It features essays by Hamish Sawyer, Professor Sue Best and Leighton Craig, alongside an interview with José Da Silva, providing important and timely scholarship on Selig’s work alongside documentation of the exhibition.
To support the production of this book, Selig has created Matter and being 2021 a unique artwork edition that connects to the artist’s ongoing interest in line and space within found and built environments. Visit our shop to purchase the edition.
Sandra Selig ancient angle 2012 (detail). Spun polyester thread, nails, 240.0 x 495.0 x 350.0cm. Courtesy the artist, Milani Gallery, Brisbane and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.
Sanda Selig Digital Story: The James C Sourris AM Collection
LiveLab, Griffith Film School
Sandra Selig digital story with interview by Hamish Sawyer
James C. Sourris Artist Interview Series 2017-2018
John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland
MMS ID: 99183592219202061