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Artist Sherrie Knipe in front of her wall installation based on the ubiquitous comb in the Tweed River Art Gallery foyer. Photo Jeff ‘Hair raising’ Dawson.

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Melbourne-based artist Sherrie Knipe says the comb is an item she keeps coming back to in her work, so it’s no wonder her latest exhibition celebrates combs in a big way.

Ms Knipe’s wall installation called ‘Comb Over’ is the latest eye-catching exhibition at the Tweed River Art Gallery in which she’s crafted dozens of oversized and oddly scaled combs. The installation is on display in the foyer till 23 September.

They have been likened to the oversized plastic ‘joke’ combs of the 1980s.

’Combs have been coming and going from my oeuvre over 15 years now, with them returning in quantity in the past few years,’ said Sherie, who grew up at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast.

Assistant gallery director Anne Schardin said the work was a departure from Ms Knipe’s recent work in terms of scale as she ‘usually creates many small objects that then join together to create a piece’.

Her work is held in state and regional collections across Australia including Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery and Museum, and Artbank.

During the upcoming April school holidays, visitors are invited to join in a family activity, ‘Combed Over: make your mark in the foyer’, where they can leave their impression on the project with stamps, handmade by Sherrie.

The gallery, open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm, including Easter Saturday and Sunday but closed tomorrow, Good Friday.


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