15 November 2019 – 9 February 2020

Featuring fantastical creatures, iridescent other worlds, uncanny objects and unsettling organic forms Between appearances: the art of Louise Weaver explored 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 featured more than 100 works in an array of media including sculptural installations, paintings, drawings, printmaking, collage, textiles, movement and sound. The exhibition spanned 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.
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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 unfolded across all four of the galleries at Buxton Contemporary. It traced 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 was the second major monographic exhibition at Buxton Contemporary celebrating a highly regarded artist represented in the Michael Buxton Collection at the University of Melbourne.
Curated by Melissa Keys.


Exhibition Catalogue

Between appearances: the art of Louise Weaver features several major artworks from the Buxton Contemporary collection, shown at Buxton Contemporary for the first time, alongside over 100 additional works loaned from public and private collections across Australia.

The exhibition catalogue contains words from Melissa Keys and foreward by Ryan Johnston.


Download exhibition artwork labels to suit your viewing needs.


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.

Image credit: 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