Ariel's Song

Luisa Hansal, Jess Tan & Wade Taylor

Ariel's Song Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery FREE
  • Australia
Sat 12 Feb – Sat 23 Apr at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, FREE

Presented in association with Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Ariel’s Song celebrates how art can open a door between worlds. It is an exhibition about shipwrecked feelings, rich and strange transformations and magical thinking that places contemporary artists Luisa Hansal, Jess Tan and Wade Taylor in conversation with surreal and stormy visions from the UWA Art Collection.

The exhibition borrows its title from both a famous passage from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and a survey of Western Australian landscape painter Audrey Greenhalgh, whose paintings and drawings of the ocean searched for ‘the energy, vitality and movement beneath the surface’ of the tangible world.

Luisa Hansal – Artist

Luisa Hansal is a multidisciplinary artist based in Melbourne. In 2017 Luisa completed a Master of Fine Art (High Distinction) at RMIT University and was awarded the Lowensteins Arts Management Graduate prize. In 2012 she graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Arts, majoring in Visual Arts. Subsequent to graduating she was awarded a placement in the highly acclaimed annual HATCHED: National Graduate Show at PICA, and received a six-week residency at the Edith Cowan University Printmaking studio. Luisa has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Berlin. Luisa is represented by sweet pea.

Jess Tan - Artist

Jess Tan (1991) is a multidisciplinary artist based between Narrm/Melbourne and Boorloo/Perth. Jess’ associative drawing practice forms a biomorphic language that expands into sculpture and site-specific installations. Jess collects from the residual of what she has eaten, broken, found and previously made, as well as what the things around her have made in the process of being. She likens her studio activities to an endless circulation of slow digestion, regurgitation, indigestion and re-digestion as she navigates various stages of learning and unlearning.

Jess has recently completed a Master of Fine Art at RMIT funded by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. Recent exhibitions include; 4am flaming arrows at Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre (November 2021) curated by Jemi Gale, eternal return boulevard (with Audrey Tan) at TCB gallery (June 2021) and The Stink Inside My Soul is Coming to Get Me at Mailbox Art Space (September 2019). Jess is represented by sweet pea.


Wade Taylor – Artist

Wade Taylor is a mid-career artist from Perth, Western Australia. He completed a Bachelor in Fine Arts at the University of Western Australia. Working primarily with paint his practice extends to include investigations into sculpture and ceramics. Wade's work explores issues surrounding Australian identity and landscape, conveying notions of suburbia, nostalgia and the everyday. With a focus on the materiality of paint and the emotive properties of colour and light, his works centre on a familiar yet unsettling quality to the contemporary Australian landscape.


Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (LWAG) acknowledges that it is situated on Whadjuk Noongar land, and that the Whadjuk Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land and continue to practise their value, languages, beliefs and knowledge.

The first purpose-built university art museum in Australia, LWAG opened on 18 July 1990. Since then it has been committed to critically engaging with different ideas.

Each year LWAG strives to present an innovative and accessible program of exhibitions and events. Exhibitions feature contemporary and historical art by local, national and international artists, and are accompanied by a dynamic series of events, including lectures, tours, symposia, workshops, film screenings, performances and more. Many exhibitions feature artwork drawn from the University’s collections, including the UWA Art Collection, the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art and the Berndt Museum Collection.

The LWAG program regularly connects to the expertise of University staff and students, sharing their research with the wider community. It also offers a range of opportunities for University staff and students to connect with the gallery, both inside and outside of the classroom. The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery is a vibrant contributor to the State’s cultural life.

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Time & Location

Sat 12 Feb – Sat 23 Apr

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley / Godroo


Free Event

Gallery Opening Times

Tue – Sat 12 – 5pm

Exhibition Opening
Fri 11 Feb 6pm

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Thank You


  • Luisa Hansal, 'Leafworm', 2021
  • Courtesy the artist and sweet pea, Perth


  • Luisa Hansal and Jess Tan are represented by sweet pea, Perth

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