In this exhibition Merran Sierakowski presents hostile fishes that surround the Australian coastline. The fishes are a metaphor for the unwelcoming treatment of refugees to our shores; they represent old prejudices and fears, much as images of monsters were depicted on medieval maps of imagined lands.
Merran Sierakowski is a prolific artist who consistently addresses social, political and environmental issues. Her creative, ironic and whimsical art works reflect on human rights, cultural identity and sense of place.
Merran’s art practice encompasses limited edition prints, digital imagery, sculpture and installations. She uses a variety of techniques incorporating fabric, paper, metal, stone, wire, wood and found objects.
As an artist I keep coming back to ideas about fear and rejection, modern interpretations and historical links are a constant theme of my practice. The ideas that are exemplified in these works can also be applied to many other less enlightened attitudes that persist in our community. The sculptures serve as a catalyst for the viewer to recognise their own fears and monsters. Merran Sierakowski 2014