Jenny Orchard

Bush Of Ghosts

The Random Variable Identities

7 April – 1 May

Despard Gallery is please to present a solo exhibition by Jenny Orchard, Bush Of Ghosts, featuring her signature ceramic sculptures, alongside new works on paper.  Jenny Orchard was born in Turkey, grew up in Zimbabwe and now lives in Sydney.  Her distinctive ceramic works are simultaneously strange, familiar, organic and peculiar, morphing eccentric figures with vegetative elements.  Characterised through bold colours, multiple textures and floral adornments, Orchard captures the awkward collision between art and the fragile future of biogenetics.  Inspired by native Australian fauna and flora, decorative traditions and postmodernism, her beautiful and vibrant mutations lament the loss of species and biological changes caused through environmental disruption.



‘My Random Variable Identities (RVI) are also called Mulitspecies, they represent the living world as we are beginning to know it, as chance combinations of creatures, -micro -organisms, bacteria, viruses, and technology; all living in bodies, and plants, the oceans and the clouds.  Bio and genetic engineering allows our imaginations to fly, our experiences to multiply, and we are connected in ways we are only beginning to understand. My creatures ask questions and form relationships with the viewer and those they encounter.

They are the playful happenstances of our interconnected planet, where diversity, curiosity and art collide.

There is however a darker side to the works as we say goodbye to the species we have destroyed whilst creating our new Anthropocene. These creatures peer back at us from their extinct status in a Bush Of Ghosts.’  – Jenny Orchard 2020



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