26 April - 21 May 2016

(im)Perfection at Adelaide Central Gallery from 26 April until 21 May presents works by South Australian artists Liz Butler and Maggie Moy, who share a preoccupation with the histories of discarded objects and overlooked elements found in their surrounding environments.

While their subjects and art-making practices differ, each artist draws inspiration from her experiences in repeatedly exploring and revisiting specific places or sites. As a result, Butler’s works, inspired by the Australian bush, alongside Moy’s ceramic works, inspired by a residency in China, demonstrate that perfection can be unexpected, and found in the everyday.

For Moy, her explorations of the local shard market during a 2015 residency at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, the ‘Imperial Porcelain Capital’ of China (supported by the Helpmann Academy), led her to reflect on the highly emphasised pursuit of ‘porcelain perfection’ instilled into local ceramics students. Her reconfigured sculptures consider found vessels, porcelain shards and their patterns, which had been cast aside as ‘imperfect’ or ‘worthless.’

Butler’s varied body of work is a celebration of the Australian land. In her art-making, Butler responds to her surrounds and creates works from found materials - both natural and manufactured. Like Moy, she explores the infinite variances, intricacies and imperfections found in objects from specific sites, which are often taken for granted or overlooked. Using gum leaves, salt core samples and even bitumen, Butler’s works are nostalgic, thoughtful reconfigurations of the Australian landscape that connect with Moy’s sculptures unexpectedly.


Opening Event

Tuesday 26 April at 6 - 8pm, all welcome.
Opening speaker: Penny Griggs, General Manager, South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival

Download the Media Release.

Download the exhibition Roomsheet (which includes Artist Statements and the List of Works).


About the Artists

In 2002, Liz Butler, received the Public Service Award for outstanding service to the community following thirty years of working with Aboriginal communities.  On retirement from the Public Service she pursued her childhood dream of attending art school, completing a Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons) from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2011.

Butler’s work is inspired by her life-changing experience of prolonged engagement with Aboriginal communities and of travelling to remote country locations. Her practice has favoured the amalgamation of natural and artificial materials in sculpture and installation, and she is now pursuing the combinations of video work and experimental printmaking, to continue exploring her emotional connections and encounters with the land.

In 2014 Butler was awarded first place in the Outback Open Art Prize, Broken Hill, while being a finalist in the Watershed Art Prize, Adelaide, and arc Yinnar Biennial Drawing Prize, Victoria, of the same year. Her work is held in private collections nationally and internationally, including collections in the USA.

Maggie Moy, completed a Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons) from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2014. She was selected to exhibit in the 2014 and 2015 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibitions, from which she was awarded the Royal South Australian Society of Arts Award in 2015. Moy’s series Potsherd was selected by the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art to be exhibited in their 2015 Hatched: National Graduate Exhibition.

Moy is the curator of the Foyer Gallery within Victoria Park Chiropractic Clinic, Rose Park, which seeks to support emerging artists exhibiting their work for new audiences. She is a member of Switchboard Studios, Norwood, and is currently exhibiting in the 2016 Heysen Sculpture Biennial at Hahndorf following her participation in The Grampians Texture Forum, Halls Gap, Victoria.

Adelaide Central Gallery Opening Hours

Mon, Thurs - Fri 9am - 5pm
Tues - Wed 9am - 7pm
Sat 1 - 4pm