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Fiona Foley

Bliss 2006


10 minutes

Artist Statement

"Of a similarly revelatory nature is an utterly mesmeric video work called Bliss which contrasts exquisitely lovely, almost Keatsian footage of a hazy field of mauve poppies shimmering in the wind, with textual information about the history of indigenous exploitation and addiction that was the opium trade in Far North Queensland."

Author Sophie Mallam


Fiona Foley is a Brisbane based artist and Adjunct Professor with the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Foley exhibits regularly in Australia and internationally. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne.

During 2004 Foley undertook international exhibitions and residency’s in New York, USA, and Beyond the Sea, a site specific work installed for Visualise Carlow, Ireland.  In 2005 she was invited to create a new work for, Out There, with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, United Kingdom. In 2006 Foley held a solo exhibition at October Gallery, London, titled, Strange Fruit.


Foley’s Major public sculptures include;
The Edge of Trees – Museum of Sydney, Sydney
The Lie of the Land – Melbourne Museum, Melbourne
Tribute to A’vang – Parliament House, Canberra 
Winged Harvest - The Australian National University, Canberra
Witnessing to Silence – Brisbane Magistrates Court, Brisbane
Black Opium – State Library Queensland, Brisbane