Find Myself

Bethan Cotterill & Benita Laylim. Curated by Jasmine Zhuang
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
April
   
27
 -  
May
   
8
‘Walking in the crowd, watching people walk pass me. We look the same, following each other's steps, without expressions, impassive... we are individuals and yet we don’t seem like we are. Who am I? I questioned myself as I took another breath…’

INFORMATION

‘Walking in the crowd, watching people walk pass me. We look the same, following each other's steps, without expressions, impassive... we are individuals and yet we don’t seem like we are.   Who am I? I questioned myself as I took another breath…’

I sit at a table, drinking fresh tea from nicely handcrafted little ceramic cups. The tea tastes a little bitter at the start, but becomes fresh and moreish as I swallow. A magical feeling spreads throughout my entire body, making it feel at ease, and allowing myriads of thoughts to surface in my mind. I look down at my tea, as a nostalgic face appears in the blurry waters. "Who am I?" The reflection undoubtedly has to be none other than myself, but somehow I am just not so certain. I walk into Gaffa gallery as I try to resolve my recent concerns.

Bethan Cotterill is a recently graduated Honours student of Sydney College of the Arts. She uses her custom iOS apps to record image data from her surroundings . The data presents an alternate, surreal, landscape world.There are so many factors and distractions that shape our surroundings. Bethan emphasises on the idea that our current living world may not be our ideal world.

Our surroundings certainly affect the way we think, behave, make choices and most importantly define ‘who we are’. This train of thought leads me to suddenly realise why people are all looking the same today. Most of us are subconsciously choosing to become silent and obedient in response to the complexity of the world. I saw this in Benita Laylim’s sculptural figures. Benita studied time-based-art at COFA and graduated from Sydney College of the Arts majoring in sculpture. Her sculptural figures are just looking like us, eyes are shut and lips tight, pretending like nothing is happening.

I still wonder, “Who am I ?” with uncertainty about the answer. I  invite you to enjoy and relax in this little gallery world to wonder alongside me.

‘Walking in the crowd, watching people walk pass me. We look the same, following each other's steps, without expressions, impassive... we are individuals and yet we don’t seem like we are.   Who am I? I questioned myself as I took another breath…’

I sit at a table, drinking fresh tea from nicely handcrafted little ceramic cups. The tea tastes a little bitter at the start, but becomes fresh and moreish as I swallow. A magical feeling spreads throughout my entire body, making it feel at ease, and allowing myriads of thoughts to surface in my mind. I look down at my tea, as a nostalgic face appears in the blurry waters. "Who am I?" The reflection undoubtedly has to be none other than myself, but somehow I am just not so certain. I walk into Gaffa gallery as I try to resolve my recent concerns.

Bethan Cotterill is a recently graduated Honours student of Sydney College of the Arts. She uses her custom iOS apps to record image data from her surroundings . The data presents an alternate, surreal, landscape world.There are so many factors and distractions that shape our surroundings. Bethan emphasises on the idea that our current living world may not be our ideal world.

Our surroundings certainly affect the way we think, behave, make choices and most importantly define ‘who we are’. This train of thought leads me to suddenly realise why people are all looking the same today. Most of us are subconsciously choosing to become silent and obedient in response to the complexity of the world. I saw this in Benita Laylim’s sculptural figures. Benita studied time-based-art at COFA and graduated from Sydney College of the Arts majoring in sculpture. Her sculptural figures are just looking like us, eyes are shut and lips tight, pretending like nothing is happening.

I still wonder, “Who am I ?” with uncertainty about the answer. I  invite you to enjoy and relax in this little gallery world to wonder alongside me.

FEATURED  WORKS

Bethan Cotterill, The Summit, 2017, Archival Print, 1682 x 1189 mm
Bethan Cotterill, The Pass, 2017, Archival Print, 1682 x 1189 mm
Benita Laylim, Tat Team Asi, 2016, Paper Clay, 900 x 450mm

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