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Create a work that examines the inevitability of the passing of time, as well as the desire to hold onto youth

In 1913, a cast of Camille Claudel’s The Age of Maturity, from a sculpture originally commissioned by the French state, was made for a private client, Captain Tissier. Often interpreted as an autobiographical work, illustrating her muse Auguste Rodin being drawn away from his young lover by his ageing mistress, the sculpture can also be read as an allegory – the central figure turns his back on youth as he moves towards ageing and death.

In 2019, emerging artists from the University of Melbourne were commissioned to create a piece that examines the theme of inevitability, as well as the desire to hold onto youth. Their responses analyse our relationship with time through the themes of nostalgia, memory, love and death.

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