Sarah Goffman: Applied Arts

Tue 18th January, 2022 – Sun 26th June, 2022
Chau Chak Wing Museum
University Pl, Camperdown NSW 2006 Weekday 10:00am - 5pm, Weekends 12:00pm- 4:00pm
Internationally renowned local artist Sarah Goffman brings an immersive commentary on consumption to the University of Sydney’s Chau Chak Wing Museum.

Over the past three decades, Sydney-born interdisciplinary artist Sarah Goffman has increasingly focused her practice on our habits of consumption and waste. Sarah Goffman: Applied Arts continues this thread of exploration with an immersive, intricate and playful exhibition that sees recycled materials – largely plastic – transformed into artworks that respond to the University of Sydney’s Chau Chak Wing Museum collections.

The result is an exhibition that references larger narratives, specifically the orientalist fascinations of Western collectors throughout history. Taking inspiration from the Museum’s own collections and imbued with Goffman’s signature wit and eye for detail, Applied Arts sees utilitarian vessels turned into objets d’art, and paintings turned into three-dimensional sculptures. By transforming and elevating waste materials, Goffman’s work encourages the viewer to consider our habits and consumerism in new and exciting ways.

Notwithstanding an inaugural year of uncertainty thanks to the pandemic and related lockdowns, the Chau Chak Wing Museum managed to pull off 20 exhibitions, 46 talks and events, and welcomed over 86,000 visitors in its first year of operation. Now, the museum is bursting into its second year of existence with a whole host of exhibitions free to the public – including Sarah Goffman: Applied Arts, taking place in the museum’s Penelope Gallery until June 2022.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with the University of Sydney.