Breakthrough Brisbane artist Athena Thebus creates art that frequently explores the notion of a "queerer future." With this in mind, her latest exhibition hones in on and plays with instances of shame as a method to pinpoint unease, sympathy and uncomfortable emotions and reactions.
Thebus' practice spans sculpture, video and drawing, with Demented Fury showcasing each. Her art attempts to shift feelings of shame toward adoration, and tries to imagine what the future holds for those bound by such emotions.
The show represents a return home for Thebus, who graduated from Queensland College of Art in 2012. She undertook a studio residency at Eastside International Projects, Los Angeles in 2014, and is currently based between Sydney and Los Angeles.
Demented Fury exhibits from October 21 to November 7. Thebus will be speaking about her practice as an artist and the exhibition November 5 at 6pm.