15 Nov 2019 – 9 Feb 2020
Louise Weaver, Taking a Chance on Love 2003 (detail), The University of Melbourne Art Collection Michael Buxton Collection Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Michael and Janet Buxton 2018

Curated by Melissa Keys 

Featuring fantastical creatures, iridescent other worlds, uncanny objects and unsettling organic forms Between appearances: the art of Louise Weaver explores the multidisciplinary practice of one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists.

While Weaver is best known for her whimsical, thought-provoking sculptures of animals, Between appearances features more than 100 works in an array of media including sculptural installations, paintings, drawings, printmaking, collage, textiles, movement and sound. The exhibition spans three decades of the artist’s practice and reveals Weaver’s longstanding interests in fields as diverse as visual culture, art history, natural history, science and design.

Absorbed in particular by the dynamics and fragility of the natural world and environmental concerns, Weaver has a fascination with cycles of growth, metamorphosis and the intricacies of camouflage. Her work plays with these concepts and extends them into ideas surrounding artificiality and transformation, social themes and feminism, underpinned by the enduring power of mythology, make-believe and memory.

Curated by Melissa Keys Between appearances unfolds across all four of the galleries at Buxton Contemporary. It traces her gradual shift from early figurative forms and compositions through to abstract paintings, objects and sound environments, comprising an overview of Weaver’s richly imaginative, critical and compelling work from the early nineties through to the present.

This exhibition is the second major monographic exhibition at Buxton Contemporary celebrating a highly regarded artist represented in the Michael Buxton Collection at the University of Melbourne.

Louise Weaver’s new work has been developed with the generous support of the Australia Council. The artist is represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney. 

Download large-format wall labels HERE.

Between Appearances: the art of Louise WeaverGina Fairley, ArtsHub 
Weaving a spell in a fairytale forest that hangs by a thread Robert Nelson, The Age 
Louise Weaver on nature, feminism and crocheting animal forms Tiarney Miekus, Art Guide Australia 
Appearances can be mesmerising in the art of Louise Weaver – Kerrie O’Brien, The Age 
Between Appearances: the art of Louise Weaver – Melissa Pesa, Art Almanac 



Between appearances: the art of Louise Weaver – Exhibition Catalogue