A Complex Beauty

A Complex Beauty by Lauren Black

A Complex Beauty by Lauren Black

28 February 2020 to 7 November 2020

A Complex Beauty explores the dissected human body, disease and medicines past.

Lauren Black invites the viewer into the intimate space of the internal body. She cleverly lifts the skin to reveal a part of us that is rarely seen outside of an anatomical museum or medical practice. In her hands, museum specimens transform into vibrant and engaging material with a human past and a ghostly afterlife.

The fine detail and skill seen in her beautiful artworks draw heavily on history and identity. They invite slow and reflective looking and traverse the fine line between life, death and identity.

This exhibition was developed from a residency at the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology at Melbourne University.

Two early anatomical drawings by Edward Swarbreck Hall and an early illustrated volume on dissection by Joseph Maclise from the State Library Collection are exhibited alongside Lauren’s work. This is the first time that these items have been on display.

Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Libraries Tasmania,
Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street,
Hobart, Tasmania 7000.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday - 9.30am to 5.00pm
Saturday - 9.30am to 2.00pm
Sunday and public holidays - closed

Check out our past exhibitions on flickr