an exhibition by Therese Ritchie 2005


Ritchie’s images draw their viewers in, but they allow no easy resolutions. Like the vascular tentacles of hearts and kidneys, which feature predominantly in her images, they intrigue and entwine, drawing us into the realm of her imaginative Darwin, where past and present merge and the ugly is sometimes swept aside by the beautiful.

Dr Julie Roberts, catalogue essay, Beautiful September 2005

As we come to expect, Ritchie is deeply concerned with the irony of race relations. Here is the combination of veiled hostility and wary intimacy that is so characteristic of settler societies. Along the beachhead at Nightcliff we see these complicated and contested relationships played out on a daily basis in the interactions between police and public, Larrakia and longgrassers, families and friends, tourists and the media.

Dr Sylvia Kleinert, catalogue essay, Beautiful September 2005