Peculiarity 
Sara Hancock

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My own fascination for the weird and wonderful, even peculiar items such as dead insects, rocks and bones are something that people find uncomfortable to be around. With the world being stuck indoors for a fair portion of the past two years, people have sought to connect back to nature, yet people retain their discomfort with bugs and bones despite them being part of nature. Exploring this disconnect along with the constant presence of life and death in the world, I hope to allow the audience to view these ‘strange’ objects and challenge why they think these natural things are odd or macabre instead of admiring their natural beauty. 

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Hi my names Sara Hancock (she/her), I’m a third-year creative arts student with a visual arts major. Originally from the Mildura campus I moved to Bendigo to complete my degree and then undertake honours. My art practice ranges in mediums, but for festival this year I am focusing on oil painting along with pinning insects. My passion of collecting objects has led me to creating my own cabinet of curiosities. I hope this work allows people to appreciate the things many see as strange and peculiar.