2017 Banana Splits collaboration

The Banana Splits was a collaboration between artists Bernadette Boscacci and Sharon Kitching for the 2017 Townsville Strand Ephemera followed by a collaborative show at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Sydney.

Strand Ephemera is Townsville’s Sculpture Festival, and began in 2001, becoming a biennial event from that time. A much loved and anticipated festival, it has continued to grow over the years to its current standing as an outdoor sculpture exhibition of state and national significance. We created The Yellow Peril, a large banana peel, woven from recycled yellow electrical wire that sprawled across the sand down at the Strand.

Bread and Circuses show at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown 2050
Thursday 24th August – 3th September 2017

with football and politics as the bread and circuses of our decadent empire, whither religion?

This exhibition focus on art as the moment of creation.’Bread and Circuses’ explores the notions of human play, colloquial humour and the thrill of creation through assemblage, sculpture, paintings and drawings. The show will include artist-led community workshops where the focus will be on making works from recycled and found materials, and creating drawings based on the resulting sculptures. Social media will be encouraged.

Bernadette Boscacci is an Australian artist based in North Queensland.
She works across multiple media, including drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, painting, installation, design and literature. Bernadette’s approach is typically interdisciplinary – connecting arts, ecology and culture, she interweaves her studio-based arts practice with her professional allied health, arts education and community cultural development work. Bernadette’s creative enquiries explore the following themes: Landscapes, nature, threatened ecologies, resident and displaced species; the woven / interconnection; personal and cultural narratives; myth and mortality.

Sharon Kitching is a Sydney painter with a studio at One plus2 studios. The work is largely figurative and reflects an ongoing interest in portraiture, and particularly in the gaze. The gaze is hypnotic, seductive and  repellent, and always actively engaging with the viewer.