Microwave art leaves everything to chance

 Left to Chance is La Trobe University's fine art student Jessica Murtagh's first solo exhibition.

An exhibition which explores the idea of leaving outcomes up to chance opens at the Phyllis Palmer Gallery at La Trobe University Bendigo next month.

The exhibition, called Left to Chance, is La Trobe University's fine art student Jessica Murtagh's first solo exhibition and features her experiments with cooking thermal paper in microwaves.

Jessica, who moved from her home town of Wangaratta to study a Bachelor of Creative Arts at La Trobe University Bendigo, is now in her third year of study. For Jessica's works in Left to Chance, the grey and black patterns created on the thermal paper by the microwave are then turned into strips, which are displayed on the gallery's walls.

Jessica describes the process of having little control over the outcomes as "both reassuring and unnerving".

"To have no power, to leave it up to something else to create – nothing turns out exactly as what you would expect," Jessica said.

"When you are creating the work it can go smoothly or terribly wrong."

The exhibition will be held at the Phyllis Palmer Gallery, La Trobe University Bendigo from Monday 2 February to Friday 26 February 2016.

The gallery is open Monday to Fridays 9am to 5pm and is located at La Trobe University, Visual Arts Building, Arts Drive, enter via Gate 8 entrance from Sharon Street.

Jessica Murtagh can be contacted for an interview on request.

Event details
What: Left to Chance art exhibition
When: Tuesday 2 February to Friday 26 February 2016
Where: Phyllis Palmer Gallery
Additional information: La Trobe University, Visual Arts Building, Arts Drive, enter via Gate 8 entrance

Contact
Melissa Scott
La Trobe Bendigo
T + 61 3 5444 7917
E melissa.scott@latrobe.edu.au

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