A special connection with dogs!

A collection of handmade artist books exploring how we keep and retain our memories is just one of the feature pieces in an exhibition of new works from artist ROSE RIGLEY.

The exhibition THE DOG SHOW will present works that investigate the bond between humans and their dogs, at c.1907 Contemporary Artspace in the heart of the Cairns CBD.

As founding member of the local artist-run-initiative, KNOCK KNOCK, the artist continues her exploration of the elusive notion of memory in this second solo exhibition.

Rigley explains "The Dog Show is a snapshot of this deceptively simple connection that exists between humans and their pets. I am interested in the inextricable link that exists between past experiences and animals from childhood and the present."

The artist ponders the idea that while the dog can be symbolic of loyalty and faithfulness, there is the potential paradox for its predatory nature to surface.

Rigley will combine personal symbolism and mixed media on traditional and unconventional supports to question why ‘man’s best friend’ has established for themselves a social niche within human society.

To coincide with The Dog Show, a free children’s workshop is being offered on Saturday – 15 December 2012 - between 10.30am-12.30pm at c1907 Contemporary Artspace.

Particular emphasis is placed on the special relationship individuals have with their pets. All basic materials and instruction will be provided, so at the end of the workshop, each participant will have their very own concertina book of images drawn from their memories.

Bookings are essential as places are limited.

As this is the final event for Knock Knock Contemporary Artists' Initiative for 2012, the gallery will also host an 'End of Year' Party on December 14 from 6pm. Singer/Songwriter Ray-Lee Russell will be performing some of her original music on the night.

For further information and bookings, please contact the artist:

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