Glasshouse Regional Gallery Presents:

Anna-Wili Highfield - Mating Dance
with sound by Bree Van Reyk

Mating Dance by Anna-Wili Highfield is an installation of courtship formations. The sculptures are an homage to the Brolga - Australia's principal dancing bird. Suspended like marionettes, the birds are sewn from waxed cotton and have stopped mid-ballet. They gesture call, response and mimicry.

Composer and Musician, Bree Van Reyk has created an accompanying sound work. Bree’s piece will intermittently shock the dancing birds, with music inspired by the Brolga’s bold honking.

Anna-Wili’s aim is to engineer a moment of contact with nature, in a way that emphasises similarity of form and consciousness shared by both humans and animals.

The Artist in Residency program supporting the development of new work and connects contemporary artists with our community.

ON VIEW: 12 February to 1 May, 2022

OPENING: 11 February at 6pm (View details HERE)

 Anna-Wili Highfield, Studio shot, photographed by Peter Van Alphen.jpg

Image: Anna-Wili Highfield, studio shot, photographed by Peter Van Alphen

About the Artist:

Anna-Wili's works explore the organic qualities and resistance of materials, generating a tension between the complex realism of form and the limitations and economy of the materials used. They represent life in an immediate way that conveys the energy, movement and physical character of different creatures. Her aim is to engineer a moment of contact with nature in a way that emphasises both the startling differences and similarities of human and animal forms and consciousness.

Born in Sydney 1980, Anna-Wili studied Fine Art at the National Art School, Sydney. In 2008, after working as a Scenic Artist for Opera Australia, she began working independently, as a practicing artist. Her works are held in private collections around the world and have featured in numerous publications, Including the New York Times and held the cover of Sculpture Review, USA. Solo exhibitions include Animals, Carriageworks, Sydney 2015. Spirit Faces, Olsen Gruin gallery NYC, 2018 and Companions, Olsen gallery, Sydney, 2019. Anna-Wili is represented by Olsen Gruin, New York and Olsen gallery Sydney.