Painted prosthetics at the Powerhouse: Spare Parts 2013
Sophie Blackshaw | On 18, Aug 2013
Priscilla Sutton elected to have the bottom half of her right leg amputated after spending her entire life – up until that point in 2005 – without a fibula bone and with an increasingly debilitated foot.
CueÂ Spare Parts, an exhibit first seen three years ago that has since traveled to London during the 2012 Paralympics and is soon be on again at, you guessed it, the beautiful Brisbane Powerhouse.
Beginning on August 20, the event will continue through to September 15 and will feature ten prosthetic artworks (be they arms or legs), decorated by artists Anke Catesby, barek, Bec Peart and Martin Pedder, Benjamin Werner, Clarissa Bones for Raw Bones, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Erica Gray, Josh Rufford, Kerri Hobba and Rachael Waith.
Every faux-limb (if I may) is up for sale, and they’re not cheap, at $200 apiece – Â that said, the exhibit is important not solely as an art display, but as an ongoing event to raise awareness of the daily battles faced by amputees, and as a general education for the broader community.
So, get yourself down to the Powerhouse and find out what it really means to ‘get legless’.
WhatÂ Spare Parts 2013, curated by Priscilla Sutton
WhenÂ August 20 – September 15, with official opening night on August 21 between 6-9pm
WhereÂ Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Website Find out more hereÂ