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For those who are not familiar with the term, a psychomanteum is an area with “naturally occurring rock pools where people would go to consult the Oracles in Ancient Greece.” For this traveling exhibition, which was previously shown at the Counihan Gallery in Melbourne and at the Gaffa Gallery in Sydney, Polentas has build structures which resemble these rock pools on top of which she displays her jewelry.
Polentas’ work is not just personal but biographical. Hailing from Greece, Polentas’s jewelry “combines the use of personal photographs and excerpts from rizitika songs (traditional music from Crete) to explore how historical legacies relate to one’s ideas of place and belonging. These songs represent the connection between the objects and the artist’s heritage.
Polentas has a very impressive CV, having received both her BFA and MFA at the prestigious RMIT, the artist is now working towards her PhD and conducting research at the university. The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia recently acquired Polentas’ “The Anamorphosis of Rhea” necklace.
Psychomanteum will be on view from November 10- December 1, 2012 with a reception for the artist taking place on Saturday, November 10, 7-9 pm.