Conjuring Act

Helen Brancatisano
   
July
   
9
 -  
August
   
3
Conjuring the presence of those now absent

INFORMATION

Conjuring the presence of someone who is absent, we strive to invoke their essence; we recall their penetrating gaze or their unique gait, and find them in the objects they leave behind.

 

This exhibition consists of monotypes and small sculptures. Monotypes are themselves a conjuring act, preparation and judgement often followed by the unforeseen, some sort of magic having happened in between.  The process is a calculated tussle, in some ways mimicking the effort of conjuring the presence of the person now absent.

 

The small sculptures are relics, humble in material and commonplace in design, work gloves that establish the tenuous connection between the item left behind and the person who wore them, creating a testament to their existence.

 

These works, all portraits in effect, explore the part of our world that hovers between the real and the imagined, the material and the intangible, and between permanence and transience.

 

Helen Brancatisano is a Sydney based artist drawn to the narrative of human experience. She finds her inspiration in historical, literary, and personal narratives that explore the conflicting sides of human experience such as entrapment and freedom, power and submission and the temporal and spiritual.

Conjuring the presence of someone who is absent, we strive to invoke their essence; we recall their penetrating gaze or their unique gait, and find them in the objects they leave behind.

 

This exhibition consists of monotypes and small sculptures. Monotypes are themselves a conjuring act, preparation and judgement often followed by the unforeseen, some sort of magic having happened in between.  The process is a calculated tussle, in some ways mimicking the effort of conjuring the presence of the person now absent.

 

The small sculptures are relics, humble in material and commonplace in design, work gloves that establish the tenuous connection between the item left behind and the person who wore them, creating a testament to their existence.

 

These works, all portraits in effect, explore the part of our world that hovers between the real and the imagined, the material and the intangible, and between permanence and transience.

 

Helen Brancatisano is a Sydney based artist drawn to the narrative of human experience. She finds her inspiration in historical, literary, and personal narratives that explore the conflicting sides of human experience such as entrapment and freedom, power and submission and the temporal and spiritual.

FEATURED WORKS

Helen Brancatisano, Drawing the Gaze #2, 2019, Monotype, 38 x 28 cm
Helen Brancatisano, Drawing the Gaze #8, 2019, Monotype, 24 x 19 cm
Helen Brancatisano, Shifting Entity #6a diptych, 2019, Monotype on woodblock, 19 x 15 cm
Helen Brancatisano, Shifting Entity #6b diptych, 2019, Monotype on woodblock, 19 x15 cm
Helen Brancatisano, Transfiguring the Relic #5, 2019, sculpted fabric and metal in acrylic case, 22 x 22 x 10 cm

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