Kaleidoscopic’s first artist, Rhiannon Hopley’s artwork People > Money comments on our governments misguided concerns during this time.This was in conjunction with Micro Galleries @microgalleries international project Words in Windows, a one-week micro disruption across the world. The premise is that while huddled in our homes, we can still connect with neighbours, passers-by and the world by placing words in our windows that reference our hopes, fears, joy and despair.
“Through isolation and lockdown across the world, I’ve seen extraordinary acts of kindness and strength in communities grow.
I wanted to make a statement with this work about the Australian Prime Minister – referenced in the work – and the government more broadly, both here and overseas. Rather than focusing on people during this time, the powers that be have demonstrated that they are more concerned about the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, of the economy, “growth and jobs” and, literally, a dwindling amount of money in their pockets. They prioritise this over the health and well-being of the people they are leading.
They should know that People are greater than Money.”
About the artist
Rhiannon Hopley, born 1987, is a Sydney based multidisciplinary artist and curator. Working primarily in the medium of photography, Hopley’s work explores the relationship between nature, the urban landscape, and the human condition.
She was awarded First Prize in photography for the Gosford Art Prize in 2013 and Commended for the main prize in 2015. Selected as a finalist for various awards including, Percival Photographic Portrait Prize, Qld 2018, North Sydney Art Prize 2017, The 39th Alice Prize, NT 2016, Cooks Hill Gallery Newcastle, We Get By 2015, Marrickville Urban Photography 2014 and Ballarat International FotoFestival, One for the Books 2013.
Hopley has also shown at Art Fairs including DENFair 2017 and selected to exhibit with .M Contemporary for their exhibition No Place Like Home for the 2015 Australasia’s International Art Fair, Sydney Contemporary.
In 2019 she was selected to be a part of Micro Galleries International artist collective and has been a long time resident artist of Tortuga Studios, St Peters, Sydney.
Her work is held in private collections in Australia, France, USA and Canada.
Kaleidoscopic dates: May 18th – 24th
You can contact Rhiannon at www.rhiannonhopley.com.