Temple Studio, Melbourne 1999
(Curated by Tyra Hutchens)


Felicity Spear Concealment
(Oil on linen)

“Trust not to appearances.” (Jacob Cats. Moral Emblems, 1632). These works, part of a group exhibition, play with light and darkness, life and mortality, enigma and ambivalence, painting, photography and optics. They reference the gesture of the right hand of the groom in the Flemish painter van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Wedding (1434), and the light reflections in the glass sphere in the Dutch 17th-century painter Vermeer’s Allegory of Faith ( 1670-1672).

These works were also part of the group show, Encounter-Confrontation – Dialogues in Contemporary Art - Australia and Italy, touring Piedmont, Italy, 1997.