Installing Matt Ottley: The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness (opens 14 Sept)

14 September – 13 October 2019

This exhibition of works on paper and canvas by polymath Matt Ottley (author, artist, illustrator, composer, musician) has been created as a point of entry to speaking publicly about the stigma and experience of living with a psychotic illness. Images move from real to hyperreal to surreal, and range from graphite to oil to mixed media as they plot the author’s personal journey into psychosis. The works represent a selection of images from an illustrated book for young adult readers to be published by Dirt Lane Press Inc.

Matt Ottley works across many creative platforms, including fine art, illustration, musical composition and writing, and multi-media combinations of all four. His musical works are regularly performed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

An Orange Regional Gallery exhibition Curated by Margrete Lamond.

Public Program – Q&A with Matt Ottley and Margrete Lamond

When: 5:30pm for 6pm Friday 4 October 2019
Where: Orange Regional Gallery, 149 Byng Street Orange
Free event with light refreshments, everyone welcome

Join artist Matt Ottley and curator and founder of Dirt Lane Press, Margrete Lamond for a musical presentation and informal discussion of The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness; an exhibition of works created by Ottley as a point of entry to speaking publicly about the stigma and experience of living with a psychotic illness.

October is mental health month. Visit: http://mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/ for more events and information.

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Matt Ottley, He saw things that others didn’t, mixed media