Wednesday November 24th at 6 - 8pm
November 24th to December 12th
It was discovering an image of a mummified pet baboon that inspired the first piece in this body of work. It was a feeling of peace that this pet embodied that spoke quietly and intimately and a sadness that drew me into its world. From Here I wanted to explore the idea of identity within a group or family and within an environment.
DAYDREAMS ARE LONELY
In Daydreams are Lonely the artist looks into herself and embraces an ongoing struggle between movement and stillness, impermanence and death and the vulnerability in remaining reflective of personal catastrophe.
The result is a conflicted soul caught in an unsettling stillness in the present, haunted by outlines of the past. The works are meditations in camera of grief, loss and uncertainty but with a conscious eye looking towards the future.
1:10 is a series of images shot while on a recent trip to Hong Kong and Beijing.
I was interested in presenting some of these over-photographed, large open environments in ways not normally perceived/seen with the naked eye; establishing a dialogue between their factual/relative size and one’s “a priori” and “a posteriori” interpretation.
By manipulating the focal plane in reference to the scene an illusionary (shallow) depth of field is produced. This depth of field, usually associated with macro or close-up photography tricks the brain into thinking that the scene is much smaller than it actually is.
Most of us live with the traces of the dead - the personal belongings left behind when someone dies. David Malouf once wrote that inter-generational objects gather the fingerprints of their users, allowing us to somehow keep contact with lost loved ones. His literary image suggests that belongings are transformed through physical contact, that their very substance is changed by and charged with the body. Through the print-based works in Material remains I explore the significance of inherited possessions. In the making I have drawn on ideas of surface wear and bodily contact, and subjected the works to a passage of burial and exhumation through layers of ink. In this way I have sought to engage with personal objects as both subject matter, and as a metaphor to shape the making process.
My work references memory and nostalgia. I am questioning and re-evaluating the place of handcrafts in a mass-produced consumer society by recycling hand-made items that evoke both a shared memory and common history. This project is located in the nature of collecting and fantasy with focus on domestic items. It is based upon the psychology of the collector and will examine and reflect various discarded objects that I have collected, exploring ways of transforming them into different contexts that convey various moods, sometimes playful and sometimes unsettling.
NEW WORKS BY
My work is about simple things. I see myself as a simple person and, if life is complex, it's a complexity of simple things. The found ‘objects’ I use in my prints are snapshots from the everyday; the comments people make, strange translations into English, malapropisms and extraordinary things people find, make, do and say. But although I often find such funny, I'm not making fun of it, it’s just delightful, and exciting. I love people and their language.