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How to be a Good Doll

26 August 2022 - 02 October 2022

How to be a Good Doll

Katya Venter

Katya Venter, How to be a Good Doll (detail), 2022, 3D pen filament.

This exhibition reflects upon the current age of digital and technological augmentation and the customisation of bodies (including 3D-printed body parts, artificial skin transplants, plastic surgeries, clones and gene selection). Through the body of work, Katya Venter fantasises about the future of human and animal bodies through the allegory of doll characters as playful yet uncanny objects of our early life. Accordingly, How to be a Good Doll employs lighting, shadows, paper and 3D-printed techniques to question what makes dolls good, bad, scary or benign.

Exhibition opening launch
6pm Friday 26 August 2022
Full details here.

Katya Venter is a Townsville-based visual artist and art educator. Her practice incorporates digital media, design and laser cutting. She has received professional development grants to enhance her creative practice and participates often in community arts projects. She has exhibited at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and in Umbrella's PUNQ Festival. 

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Umbrella is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.