THE former surgical ward at Warrnambool Base Hospital is being turned into a piece of art.
Melbourne artist Georgie Mattingley is busy transforming the vacant ward into a temporary gallery which will feature an exhibition of her work, which involves black-and-white photos that are then painted over with ‘60s-style technicolour paints.
By the opening of the exhibition on September 8, Mattingley will have completed up to 40 hand-painted photographs.
“It is really about the nuts and bolts that make a hospital tick,” Mattingley said.
“I have focused on those mundane tasks, things like cooking, cleaning, sterilising – things that aren’t glamourous but that make a hospital tick.”
Mattingley has been working on creating the exhibition since 2015. This has been part of South West Healthcare’s EmbedED project that encourages art which is aimed at demystifying the emergency department of the hospital.