Serpentinata
Allergen living statue performance

Denying Eye, Art at the Bank with Mars Gallery




Serpentinata is a reimagining of the 1877 Frederic Leighton marble sculpture An Athlete Wresting With a Python housed in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The depiction of man conquering nature is translated into a softer, feminist performance with a python formed from fresh flowers and an endurance athlete who periodically sneezes over two hours.


Performance by Michelle McCowage
Makeup by Maxine Chen
Dual exhibition with Alex Walker
Curated by Sarah Fern
Documentation by Ming Liew

The Old Union Bank
Windsor, Melbourne


August, 2023