Now showing at Horus and Deloris Contemporary Art Space, Pyrmont is the latest exhibition by Sydney artist, Monika Behrens. Entitled “Cool the Globe: Glam Barbie,” the vibrant paintings are a tongue-in-cheek reflection of the media‚Äôs depiction of global warming. Polar bears can be seen stuffed inside martini glasses, while elongated structures at a windfarm are juxtaposed against the superfluous height of Barbie’s legs.
Behrens recently completed a Masters of Fine Art at the College of Fine Arts, Paddington. “Cool the Globe” is only her second solo exhibition, yet she has appeared in various group exhibitions both locally and internationally. The prominent inclusion of Barbie dolls within the series tie in with Behrens’ previous solo show “Silent BANG,” which depicts other children’s toys such as plastic soldiers, babushka dolls and train sets in quirky scenarios. In 2005 she was awarded the Viktoria Marinov Scholarship in Art, and has appeared in several publications including Australian Art Collector, The Sydney Morning Herald (http://www.smh.com.au/) and Art and Australia. All works on display are able to be purchased.