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Exhibition runs from 6pm June – 3pm 25 June.

Veritas Juliet Collins Veritas was the Roman goddess of truth. Known to be elusive, she was the mother of Virtue. The work in this exhibition represents a woman's inward journey in search of the ever elusive Truth. Who are we beneath our clothes and beneath our skins? As the layers fall away we discover our fundamental core truth. The core is about being authentically and powerfully oneself with all the beautiful imperfections, eccentricities, and fragility that might entail. I was born in Scotland and studied Fine Art (sculpture) in Edinburgh. I have continued to create and study sculpture, drawing, mixed media & traditional craft forms and have been exhibiting my art in Melbourne since 2007. In recent years I have been exploring textiles to construct thread and fabric life drawings that express my love of the human form and seek to convey authentic human experience from my own perspective as a woman. Drawing is the foundation of all my artwork and I constantly strive to portray the immediacy and spontaneity of the drawn line in my sculpture and textile pieces. My love and fascination for human anatomy has always been a strong influence and theme in my work and I am particularly drawn to, some might say obsessed with, the spine, both as an exquisitely beautiful physical structure that I never tire of portraying and as an intriguing metaphor that to me expresses our fundamental core human state where fragility and strength coexist. The spine is beautiful and fragile like lace, yet its structure gives it strength. The women I portray are at once strong, fragile, beautiful and elusive. The exposed spine represents their core authentic self: imperfect, delicate and powerful, inextricably woven with their traditions and culture. Truth can mean many things: it can be intangible, it can be sought, it can remain elusive, it can be covered up, it can be revealed. Truth can be exposed. Some truths are harsh, base and hard to face. Being true to ourselves can be uncomfortable, antisocial, fun, pleasant. Knowing our own truths can allow a more true expression of our personal authenticity and uniqueness. It can bring to us a deeper and more authentic connection with others.