In the Art World: 14 – 21 October

The unnatural and the animal collide in our round-up of the exhibitions opening this week around Australia.
1. Miranda Skoczek: Spirit Garden
Edwina Corlette Gallery, 555 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley Brisbane Qld. 19 October to 3 November 2012. Opening Friday 19 October, 6pm to 8pm.
Melbourne-based artist Miranda Skoczek exhibits a new series of paintings featuring the wild colours and menagerie of different animals that she has become known for.

2. Gwyn Hanssen Pigott
Rex Irwin Art Dealer, First Floor, 38 Queen Street, Woollahra Sydney NSW. 16 October to 10 November 2012. Opening Tuesday 16 November, 6pm until 8pm.
Internationally recognised ceramic artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott presents a new series of still life collections of porcelain vessels.

3. Natasha Bieniek: She Hangs Brightly
Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, 108-110 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy Melbourne Vic. 20 October to 17 November 2012. Opening Saturday 20 October, 3pm until 5pm.
Natasha Bieniek, Archibald Prize finalist and winner of the Metro Art Award 2012, presents her latest solo exhibition of miniature portraits She Hangs Brightly. 
4. Joshua Yeldham: The Tongue Has No Bone
Scott Livesey Galleries, 909a High Street, Armadale Melbourne Vic. 17 October to 17 November.
The Tongue Has No Bone sees Josh Yeldham create new body of works – intricate carvings on clay boards and paper, sculpture, pigment print and photomontages – that continue to explore family life and the landscape of the Hawkesbury River.

5. Unnatural Acts + Unnatural Tendancies
Craft Victoria, 31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Vic. 19 October to 1 December 2012. Opening Thursday 18 October at 6pm.
Unnatural tendencies is the latest project by jewellery collaboarators Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young, and is paired with Unnatural Acts, a larger group show of jewellery works they have curated.
Each artist in the Unnatural Acts exhibition was sent a bag of materials consisting of an odd collection of fake fruits, vegetables and other plant matter and set the brief of making a small collection of wearable jewellery using or responding to the contents of the bag.
The participants in the project are Anna Davern, Caz Guiney, Kath Inglis, Bridget Kennedy, Peta Kruger, Sim Luttin, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska and Mark Vaarwerk.

6. Melinda Brodde: Curl Ribbon Around the Pieces of My Heart
Hill Smith Gallery, 113 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA. 18 October to 3 November 2012.

All images appear courtesy of the artist and their galleries.

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