Surf, sand and sea

Lismore Regional Gallerys special summer exhibition Epic brings together the works of six Australian artists who examine why the ocean has been such an enduring attraction in Australian culture for so many years.

Each artist offers a different perspective, covering topics such as environmental issues, social traditions and the tribal nature of surf culture. It is a thoughtful celebration of why Australians love and value life at the beach, something evidenced by the massive population growth along Australias coastlines.

The six artists featured in Epic are Tracey Moffatt, Patricia Piccinini, Scott Redford, Tim Hixson, Roger Scott and Fiona Lowry. It was curated by Jason Smith from the National Gallery of Victoria, who had this to say about the oceans allure.

The beach and the ocean provoke us to tell our stories childhoods and adolescences spent in the sun and encrusted with salt and sand and inflame our desires for more: more freedom, air, heat, bodies, vitality, sensuality, connectedness to the organic world. More elemental beauty. And a greater lightness of being.

Epic will remain on show until January 13, 2007. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-4pm.

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