#FASHION #ART #HUMAN CONDITION
Palazzo Pandolfini, a private luxury residence in the heart of Florence was the location for an exclusive exhibition of especially commissioned works by Australian artists across fashion, fine jewellery, sound, sculpture and the visual arts. Curated together with rare Florentine wine and food experiences, this multi-sensory two week event complete with a Member’s Lounge and Luxury Store. The installation was opulent, spectacular and shone the bright light of Australian talent into the hearts of Florentines and overseas visitors alike.
Food and fashion take equal billing with me. Actually if I had a choice between incredible food and incredible clothes, I might pick food. Not negotiable during our Florence installation was a focus on food and wine that respected the area. Other than the multiple lampredotto’s that punctuated my days, the last night of the Installation culminated in a supremely decadent dinner which incorporated locally sourced truffles from entree through dessert, wines from a local producer descended from the Mona Lisa bringing a few secrets from their cellar to delight our guests, tableware from Ginori 1735 which for me captures the aesthetic of Florence and an elaborate still life tableau across the dining room that encapsulated the decadence of the occasion.
Raising The Human Condition – Collins Street Installation – September 2019.
Who are we behind the walls, the glass, the bricks, the marble and the stone? Commissioned by 101 Collins St, Melbourne this film installation is a semi-autobiographical work. Primary Credits : Harrolds, A-Esque, Aneka Manners, Brendan Cherry, Grace Quealy, Cassie Hancock, Carlie Christie. In August 2019, 101 Collins Street Melbourne commissioned Aneka Manners to create an exclusive work to be displayed in the foyer for the duration of Melbourne Fashion week. An A-Grade building at the ‘Paris end’ of Collins St surrounded by luxury retailers and tenants across legal, wealth management and financial services this building has an opulent foyer, already replete with significant sculptural works.
At art school I became obsessed with the sublime amd the beautiful……but in real terms, i.e. is it possible to evoke an intake of breath moment with a single image and if so, is there a formula to a human’s response to that. Multiple 17th century books later I realised there is a formula and it’s not a scientific one (although I’m sure if we tried hard enough we could distill it to one). Rather the formula is feeling…..