Lost Eden Dwellingup hosts 'Pragma: Perils and Passions' exhibition

ART: Katrina Virgona 2021 Titles - Empty Promise, Silent Playground and Game
Over. Photo: Supplied.
ART: Katrina Virgona 2021 Titles - Empty Promise, Silent Playground and Game Over. Photo: Supplied.

Lost Eden Gallery in Dwellingup has some "love in the air" with their exhibition 'Pragma: Perils and Passions' .

The exhibition explores long-lasting love, with 'Pragma' coming from the ancient Greeks coining seven types of love.

Art Curator Mariyon Slany said the experience was unique and exciting.

"Artists have fully engaged with the theme utilising love experiences both positive and negative, and surprised me with a broad range of approaches to offer a contemporary multi-sensory experience," Ms Slany said.

This August offering will showcase 14 mid-career visual artists engaging with pragma; "the feel and look of long-lasting love", which Ms Slany said is pertinent now when people may be feeling more disconnected emotionally from each other.

As a therapist and couples counsellor, Ms Slany said her work greatly inspired the theme.

"How we sustain love and relationships is particularly important in this time of pandemic and lockdowns, and lots of people are struggling," she said.

"What is visually interesting is the way the artists have really grappled with this topic of enduring love to reach beyond cliché; the reality versus the ideal of enduring love, the memory of enduring love or the pain of breakup and the abject in love."

Artists showcased in the exhibition include: Kelsey Ashe, Betsy Bush, Christophe Canato, Marcia Espinosa, Michele Eastwood, Eden Lennox, Guundie Kuchling, Minaxi May, Lucille Martin, Anne Neil and Olga Cironis, Tania Spencer, and Katrina Virgona.

The artists have created works using textiles, recycled/found objects, ceramics, photography and video to capture the theme.

'Pragma: Perils and Passions' runs until September 5 at Lost Eden Dwellingup.