Upcoming Exhibitions //
Exhibitions Run August 20 - 31
In 2014 I travelled to Europe and began a journey that started in Sicily and ended in Dalmatia. On the way I completed two artist residencies. The first was at Can Serrat, in El Bruc, north of Barcelona. The second was at OBRAS Portugal, near Estremoz in central Portugal. My travels also took me to Ireland and North Yorkshire in the UK. In the beginning it seemed each work was simply a response to my immediate surroundings; yet as my journey continued I began to see a pattern emerge. The two binding themes of my journey were death and stone circles.
What I find interesting is how artefacts are interpreted and then conclusions drawn about how our ancestors lived. What I find compelling is the repetition of patterns and motifs across cultures and across time.
BATCH: CREATIVE PRACTICE, ENTERPRISE AND LIMITED RUN PRODUCTION
Featuring: Kenny Son, Radka Passianova, Alfred Ching, Renee Jones, Patryk Koca, Alexander Wong and Fei Guo
Batch: Creative Practice, Enterprise and Limited Run Production will showcase the work of seven Australian-based designer makers. This exhibition highlights the trend towards local, small-scale manufacturing practices that are emerging as a response to the opportunities that have arisen from recent digital, technological and social developments. Innovations in making, such as 3D printing have allowed hybrid models for making to emerge, enabling designers a more diverse and widespread engagement with object making. This exhibition reconsiders; the value of objects and their materialisation, the designers who emerge in response to these new opportunities and the entrepreneurial prospects for those who engage with this process.
WHAT AM I THINKING?
Sarah M + Sarah G
What Am I Thinking? is a process driven exploration of Sarah G + Sarah M’s psychic abilities over a 10 day period using Zener cards. Zener cards are used to test for clairvoyance based ESP and consist of 5 symbols including a circle, square, wave, star and cross. The 250 A6 size works on paper represent their findings which prove conclusively that Sarah G + Sarah M are not psychic. As part of the installation there will be a 'psychic testing station' where audience can use Zener cards to test their clairvoyance based ESP.
Line, negative space, constraints and domesticity are integral to my work and will feature in In Here. I make improvised installations with set materials (which often appear as linear drawings made by objects within a space) in and around my home frequently, using the time and space constraints of motherhood as an ephemeral and necessary ingredient. I document these works and use Instagram to present them. The gratifying immediacy of showing work on social media echoes what I have experienced as an intensified and immediate need to ‘make’ following the first years of motherhood. Similarly, I use constraint by materials to make reclaimed timber assemblages. I collect materials in scrapyards and people’s wood piles, using only what I find, unaltered, to make sculptural wall hangings and standing pieces.
WHERE DO WE START AND WHERE DO WE END?
This is a series of ongoing material explorations, a series of spoons that have been transformed, disfigured, disrupted. This is a way of discovering what incoherence can look like, and researching the allegorical potential between an incoherent spoon and a disrupted sense of self.
This body of work has come together over the past few months in the Gaffa studios. I’m continuing to use square silver wire to construct open shapes that are light weight. Playing with the positioning of identical repeated flowers has many possibilities and no right answer. The soft grey surface colour of the metal is echoed in the paintings. I was also looking for the proportion of the paintings to connect with the wearable neckpieces.