For the 2016 Saint Cloche end of year group exhibition, Georgia created a jungle life collection - rendered in exuberant colour and rampant cumulative texture - based on the 1862 poem Le rêve du jaguar (the jaguar's dream) by Leconte de Lisle, and the dreamlike exotica of Henri Rousseau.
Lianas in bright bloom hang from mahogany shade,
Motionless where the air is languorous
And buzzing with summer flies. Brushing the moss,
They curl into cradles clutched by the emerald quetzal, swayed
Wildly by monkeys, spun with the yellow spider's silver floss.
Here the bull-killer, slayer of stallions, tired,
Moves among dead tree-stumps moist and soft as sponge,
Implicit violence in his measured tread.
Pelt shimmering with each muscle's plunge,
While from his bay-wide muzzle, drooping with thirst,
A clipped, harsh, rattled breathing shocks
Huge lizards from their sun-trance to a burst
Of chrome-green sparkling over shadowed rocks;
And there where the dark wood blots the sun,
He sprawls across a lichened stone,
Licks satin paws to a lustrous sheen,
Flutters the sleep-heavy lids of gold eyes down
And, as the ghost of his waking force
Twitches his tail and ripples along each side,
He dreams that by some orchard's water course
He leaps and digs his dripping claws
Into a bellowing bull's flesh-swollen hide.
(trans. James Lasdon)
20 Dec 2016 - 29 Jan 2017
Saint Cloche, Paddington, Sydney
Top left: Jaguar; top right: Howler
Middle left: Mask; middle right: Jungle I and II
Bottom left: Snake; bottom right: Install detail (image by Jacqui Turk)