We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of New South Wales stands.

Keira McLoskey The girl who mistook the wood for a hat – Oliver Sacks

Work by Keira McLoskey
Work by Keira McLoskey
Work by Keira McLoskey
Work by Keira McLoskey

In my work I have targeted notions of appearance and deception by making wood appear like the materials of everyday Australian hats, clearly with very different qualities. The wood has been made to seem softer, lighter while it is still in fact rigid and strong, with only the grain giving away its true form. In this way I hope to encourage my audience to consider things beyond first impressions and pre-formed expectations. I also hope to promote acceptance – while these hats are not what we are accustomed to, they can still be appealing or intriguing in their own way.

Influencing artists: Greg Duncan, Ricky Swallow


Gosford High School



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