Artifacts from collections throughout Tasmania can be seen in a totally new light - or darkness - in a new exhibition at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery, Royal Park.
Artist Angela Casey was given rare access to collections including those of the Queen Victoria Museum, Port Arthur, and Launceston Church Grammar School, for the series.
Items such as a taxidermied white wallaby, a 19th century girl-sized wedding dress, and a human skull have been arranged with less historical objects - like, for example, a bag of rubbish - and photographed for the exhibition, called The Enquiring Light.
The result is a series of gorgeous photographs that hint at the dark unknowns of Tasmanian history, dipped in a coating of rich fantasy.
The works were created by Casey by arranging disparate objects, photographing them, and digitally editing the photographs.
The result are objects that are, in many cases, much more imposing, and suggestive of the weight of history, in the photographs than they are in real life, displayed in cases in the middle of the exhibition room.
As curator Asheligh Whatling said, "The witty and careful still life compositions elevate these objects to take on new identities and meanings".
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