Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti: In The Round

2022, Eng­lish
Paper­back, 128 pages, 3424 cm
Pub­lished by Edin­burgh Uni­ver­si­ty Press, Edin­burgh
Edi­tors: Tes­sa Gib­lin and Melis­sa Mac­Robert
Cura­tor: Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti and Tes­sa Gib­lin, Direc­tor of Tal­bot Rice Gallery

Angel­i­ca Mesi­ti is one of the lead­ing Aus­tralian artists of her gen­er­a­tion. This beau­ti­ful book coin­cides with her first major exhi­bi­tion in the UK, at the Tal­bot Rice Gallery.

In the Round offers a win­dow onto dif­fer­ent ele­ments of Mesi­ti’s prac­tice: from the com­mu­ni­ca­tion of trees and the vision of bees; to the occu­pa­tion and per­for­mance of resis­tance in the halls of democ­ra­cy; to the migra­tion of peo­ple, cus­toms and music. Her art­works mine his­to­ries and per­form mes­sages, with sound, vocal­i­sa­tion and per­cus­sion run­ning through­out the exhibition.

The con­ver­sa­tion and essays in this book — by the artist, lead­ing cul­tur­al com­men­ta­tors, aca­d­e­mics and the exhi­bi­tion cura­tor — pro­vide a diverse array of entry points into Mesi­ti’s practice.

This rich­ly illus­trat­ed cat­a­logue is a kalei­do­scop­ic tapes­try of the artists own work along­side almost 50 items from across the Uni­ver­si­ty of Edin­burgh’s vast collections.