Open your eyes to the forbidden

APPLES have been disappearing from the fruit basket at the Pedrana residence at Rawsonville as lady-of-the-house Gill prepares for her third solo exhibition.

They have not been gobbled up by a hungry family waiting for its artist wife and mother to leave her brushes and easel and cook dinner.

Rather, the apples have been carefully arranged for painting by the home-grown artist whose latest exhibition is food for serious thought.

Called Forbidden, the exhibition opening at Lazy River Estate on the evening of December 6 is made up of 25 pieces, including paintings in oil and acrylic, drawings and manipulated digital images.

Rosy red apples appear in most of the paintings.

On the likes of pillows and sheets they speak of tolerance and acceptance of relationships, once "forbidden" in this country.

Mrs Pedrana’s digital works are in response to evil in its many forms, including mutilation, rape and murder.

“There are too many forbidden things being done in the world by faceless people, and we should all be looking out and listening and talking about these atrocities to help stop them,” she said.

Mrs Pedrana, currently studying art and art history at Dubbo TAFE, launched her solo career in 2010 with People Matter, an exhibition of famous faces from Dubbo staged at the Western Plains Cultural Centre.

She followed it up with Assorted in 2011 at Red Door Gallery.

Forbidden will adorn the walls of Lazy River Estate until February 15. To attend the exhibition opening at 6.30pm on December 6 call 0438 268 040.

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