CARINE THEVENAU – ‘For The Nautilus Is My Boat’
Sydney-based photographer and brilliant CHAMP FAM contributor Carine Thevenau,
presents her latest exhibition
‘For The Nautilus is My Boat’ at two locations this month.
First, at Perth Centre of Photography and then moving to Edmund Pearce Gallery in Melbourne.
A beautiful body of work featuring model Sydney Barber,
and based on an homage to the poem and illustration by Warwick Gobles.
“For The Nautilus is my Boat”
Perth Centre of Photography
Perth, Western Australia
22 August – 22 September, 2014
Gallery 2 (alongside Jim Naughten’s ‘Hereros’)
Edmund Pearce Gallery
01 -25 October, 2014
“For The Nautilus Is My Boat” is an homage to the poem and illustration of the same name by Warwick Gobles, who also famously illustrated “The Water Babies”, 1863. The illustration depicts a young girl adrift, upon the high seas aboard the sea shell, Nautilus.
Fossils, shells and tortoises became regular heroes on the pages of fiction around the same time as the release of Charles Darwin’s “Origins Of Species”, emphasising our connection to nature, our desire to understand life cycles and all of Mother Nature’s glorious mysteries. Also at this time, young Victorian women were storing sea shells in their hope boxes (or trousseau) in the hope that the shells would bring them children.
Shells have long been associated with fertility and as exoskeletons their functional role is to support, protect and feed the creature that lives within, as is the role of a mother. This series of images explores the human desire to better understand ourselves through the wisdom of nature, in all of her and our complexities.