Quite Contrary

Friday 27 November 2020 - Sunday 14 February 2021

Helen Kocis-Edwards & Jessie Wong, Little Jack Horner (2019), woodcut, digital drawing and collage on paper (detail)

Quite Contrary is a collaborative exhibition by Jessi Wong and Helen Kocis-Edwards. Wong and Edwards work together to compress and reinterpret traditional nursery rhymes to re imagine their meanings and offer a fresh look at the familiar. 

Helen Kocis Edwards and Jessi Wong explore childhood memory and language through nursery rhymes. By shortening them to their whimsical essence, they create their own interpretations and imagery, working collaboratively using different printmaking and drawing methods.

Nursery rhymes are embedded in the memories and reading experiences of childhood. This project was born from a desire to play with the meaning of these stories, by distilling the language of the most familiar rhymes into a single sentence, deliberately misinterpreting them with humour, and placing them in a contemporary setting.

Jessi develops the text and creates abstract landscapes using woodcuts on paper. Helen responds by drawing characters in Jess’s paper environments. Working together they pass the text and images back and forth to create, negotiate, refine and reinterpret these familiar pieces of poetry.

Please the check Yarra Libraries website for opening hours. The exhibition will be available to view from early December, in line with Metro Melbourne's road map to reopening. 

Quite Contrary

An exhibition by Jessi Wong and Helen Kocis-Edwards

Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library

Date and time:
Start date TBC
Friday 27 November 2020 - Sunday 14 February 2021

182 - 186 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy