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Annemieke Mein: A Life's Work - A Retrospective
Mar 2, 2024
May 26, 2024
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Gippsland Art Gallery is delighted to announce the much-anticipated Blockbuster Annemieke Mein retrospective exhibition, 'A Life’s Work', to be staged at the Gallery from 2 March to 26 May, 2024.

Coinciding with Annemieke’s 80th birthday, this major Blockbuster exhibition will provide the most comprehensive retrospective of her work yet seen.

Annemieke Mein OAM is a Dutch-born Australian textile artist, based in Sale, Gippsland, who has drawn acclaim nationally and from abroad for her vivid recreations of Australian native fauna and flora. She was the first textile artist to be made a member of Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and the Australian Guild of Realist Artists. The subjects of her sculpted textiles range from birds, frogs and fish, through to insects such as moths, dragonflies, wasps and grasshoppers. Her fondness for insects and her highly detailed works, often greatly enlarged and showing normally invisible colours and textures, have revealed new aspects of the everyday natural world.

A Life’s Work will be a unique exhibition that will pay tribute to this greatly loved textile artist, who has inspired and influenced vast audiences over many decades.

Drawing together over 200 original artworks created over a sixty-year period, from private and public collections nationwide (some of which have never been exhibited), this unforgettable retrospective will explore all facets of Mein’s life and career.

Occupying all five spaces at the Gallery, the exhibition will present key works from her major wildlife themes, and will include a recreation of her art studio within the Gallery.

A Life’s Work will span from Annemieke’s first experiments with textile in the 1960s, through to the masterworks from the 1980s that catapulted her to international acclaim. The exhibition will showcase the full range of Annemieke’s artmaking with three-dimensional sculptural works, drawings, sketches and bas-relief bronzes presented alongside the extraordinary wall-based relief textiles that established her reputation, in which the objects are given sculptural form and appear to project forward from the surface of the canvas.

A defining characteristic of Annemieke’s work has been her boundless passion for Australian native wildlife. She writes:

All my textiles whether freestanding sculptures, wall panels or ‘wearables’, portray the endless diversity of Australian flora, fauna and landscape, both climatically and seasonally. Occasionally, I have depicted human involvement related to environmental issues or historical events.
Each individual work is a statement of respect and love for my environment and it is through this work that I hope to make people more aware of the importance of preserving our natural heritage.

A Life’s Work will coincide with the publication of a new book on Annemieke Mein—the first since 1992’s The Art of Annemieke Mein: Wildlife Artist in Textiles, which has sold half a million copies—together with a complete range of new merchandise. The book A Life’s Work will provide a comprehensive overview of her work, with contributions from sixteen writers who will explore every facet of her life and career.

** PLEASE NOTE that entry tickets can be purchased from reception on the day of your visit - it is not essential to pre-purchase tickets.

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Grab yourself a souvenir from the 'Annemieke Mein: A Life's Work - A Retrospective' exhibition - items are available in-store at the Gippsland Art Gallery or online.‍‍

Selected Artworks
Annemieke MEIN
Freedom
Year:  
1986
Medium:  
Textile triptych in paint and stitch, with high relief textile areas extending beyond the frame’s boundaries.
Size:  
Each panel 140 x 100 x 10 (relief) cm. Overall 140 x 300 x 10 (relief) cm
Private collection. Courtesy the artist.
© 
The artist.
Annemieke MEIN
Frog Down Under II
Year:  
1988
Medium:  
High relief textile wall sculpture.
Size:  
91 x 105 x 5 (relief) cm
Private collection. Courtesy the artist.
© 
The artist.
Annemieke MEIN
Inside Looking Out
Year:  
1991-2013
Medium:  
High relief textile wall sculpture
Size:  
107 x 75 x 8cm
Private collection. Courtesy the artist.
© 
The artist.
Annemieke MEIN
The Potter Wasp I
Year:  
1981
Medium:  
High relief textile wall sculpture.
Size:  
142 x 102 x 12cm
Private collection. Courtesy the artist.
© 
The artist.
Annemieke MEIN
Thornbills
Year:  
1993
Medium:  
High-relief textile wall sculpture with relief leaves extending beyond the frame.
Size:  
65 x 92 x 6cm
Private collection. Courtesy the artist.
© 
The artist.
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