Cabracadabra alakazam, new exhibition illustrates knick-knack magic

Published Friday, 14th April 2017

Anney Bounpraseuth artwork, Cabracadabra exhibition

Fairfield City Museum and Gallery will soon launch a new exhibition that highlights the curiosities and colour of Cabramatta and Canley Vale’s iconic Asian discount stores.

The works of artist Anney Bounpraseuth feature in Cabracadabra, launching 6 May at 2pm, and show an aspect of Australian culture rarely explored in art, contrasting a traditional medium of still-life painting with her memories of physical knick-knacks.

"The works are inspired by the tradition of still-life painting by established Australian female artists who have informed my practice. The featured objects from discount variety stores typically adorned my childhood, where my mother would lovingly decorate our childhood home with fake flower arrangements, imitation antique ceramics and mismatched textiles,” said Bounpraseuth.

“To me, they symbolise my parents' aspirations for a prosperous life as refugee migrants. My works document a unique aspect of Asian Australian culture, conveying a search for belonging within a community or dominant culture."

In addition to Cabracadabra, Bounpraseuth will be running workshops within the exhibition space where children and their families can create swan-shaped pencil holders from air-dried clay or decorate a set of vintage porcelain plates with bake-on paints and pens.

Swan Pencil Holders workshop
Friday 7 July, 10.30am – 12.30pm
$15 (1 adult and 1 child), $2 for every additional child thereafter.

Plate Portraits workshop
Thursday 13 July, 10.30am – 12.30pm
$15 (1 adult and 1 child), $2 for every additional child thereafter.

The exhibition launches Saturday 6 May, 2pm, at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery and will run until 2 September. Those interested are encouraged to RSVP by Friday 5 May.

Fairfield City Museum and Gallery is located at 634 The Horsley Drive, Smithfield and can be contacted on 9725 0190 or via