ART is meant to get people talking.
Sometimes it’s weird and wacky with no clear message.
Sometimes it’s majestic and thoughtful and touches the soul.
Sometimes it challenges the way we think about an issue, the way we view the world and reminds us to ask questions.
But whatever your take on a particular piece of artwork – love it or hate it – it has a right to exist.
And to exist without censorship.
Daylesford artist Kristenna Saville might have to find a new space to showcase her craft with her works being labelled as “offensive” and too erotic by nature.
Ms Saville from Eros and Rose rents a shop/gallery in Village on Vincent and has been told by the landlord that some of her artwork is inappropriate.
Ms Saville showcases a range of paintings and sculptures in Eros and Rose, including candles modelled on the female form.
Since when has the female form become offensive?
My personal take on Ms Saville’s work is that it’s actually quite subtle.
Her work is not in your face – the silhouettes in her paintings could be any number of things and the candles actually resemble a pear.
The debacle comes just a week after part of board-style artwork produced by Castlemaine Secondary College students for the Castlemaine State Festival was removed on after community complaints.
The street art exhibition Text Alley in Frederick Street, Castlemaine, included paste-ups stating “Christmas is a lie” and “Let bogans be bogans”.
I hope artists, including those involved in the Castlemaine work and Ms Saville, continue to push the boundaries.
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