Featuring bold, colourful sculptures and installations, Emily Floyd: The Dawn is a survey exhibition of selected works from Floyd’s remarkable 15-year career from 21 November 2014 to 1 March 2015 at NGV Australia.
Emily Floyd is renowned for her text-based and modernist-inspired sculptures, including Public art strategy, 2008, the house-sized black bird pecking its prey along the East Link freeway.
The exhibition traces her career and will feature some of her earliest sculptures as well as several new works commissioned for the exhibition, such as a colourful, temporary library where visitors can relax and read texts that have inspired Floyd’s creations.
“Emily Floyd’s text-based sculptures and pedagogically inspired works stimulate debate about various social, cultural and political ideas and explore intersections between art, education and play,” said Tony Ellwood, director at NGV. “Emily Floyd is one of Australia’s most exciting artists and her work will no doubt delight visitors of NGV Australia over summer.”
Floyd’s sculptures playfully experiment with shape, colour and text to engage the viewer and prompt discussions about cultural, social and political ideas. The upcoming exhibition takes its title from The Dawn: A Journal for Australian Women, a women’s newspaper established in Sydney in 1888 by the poet, suffragette and enterprising businesswoman Louisa Lawson, mother of Henry Lawson.