OPENING : Thursday 21 Feb 2019 at 6-8 pm
EXHIBITION : Wed 20 Feb - Sun 3 Match , 2019
SPACE 1: Disconnected
Feeling disconnected is like being in a beautiful field, surrounded by people that care about you, but with a big black hole in the middle of it only you can see. You try to ignore and walk around the hole, but at times you fall in. The hole is much deeper than it appears, and you get trapped. When people ask ‘what’s wrong?’, you can’t answer, they don’t get it because they can’t see the hole you are trapped in.
‘Disconnected’ began as a thought of how some people have no capacity to understand an experience they never had. Those of us who have experienced depression, have learned how to exist in two worlds simultaneously - the world of normalcy, and the world of darkness. A lot of people don’t understand how one might feel after a seizure, or someone with depression, or deep rage, or all combined. Those people themselves might not understand how they are supposed to feel. It’s an out of body experience that places you on the outskirts of your own life.
‘Disconnected’ aims to transfer those feelings, or lack of, onto a canvas, and relate to someone in the same state of mind. Art is not always beautiful, and sometimes it’s important to let that rage and disconnection with one self out.
SPACE 2: SYMBIOSIS: Human verdure
In the city, we live under the delusion that we have tamed/controlled nature, but in actual fact, the nature around us is fiercely alive and ready to take over. I see little plants growing through the cracks in the concrete and it reminds me how much life wants to live unrestricted.
Society that has taught me that humans are the superior life on earth when really we are just one small part of the worlds complex ecosystem. Just as the cycles of life and death affect trees and moss, so to are humans bound by these same forces. When greeted by the grandness of nature, on the edge of a cliff overlooking great forests and lakes, we feel awe and wonder. Imagine if we felt this for the smaller more intimate aspects of the natural world. But what am I actually talking about when I refer to nature? Does nature only exist an hours drive from the city, where the ‘proper’ forest begins? Considering the idea that humans are fully integrated with nature, no matter where we go, nature is in us and around us.
My life-size oil paintings depict a blurred line between the human and the natural. Although we know intellectually that organisms live on our skin, we feel so separate from trees covered in moss and lichen. I paint people living as trees. How much empathy do we have for plants? I don’t mean for this question to lead us to unnecessary existential crises. I wish to stimulate discussion on our relationship with the natural world – particularly the plant kingdom which is often under observed and underappreciated by city-dwelling humans. How can we live more symbiotically with the natural world? Is there even a divide?
SPACE 3: Impressionist Melaka
This body of work depicts and imitates the style of impressionist paintings. The photographs were captured along the banks of the historic Melaka River in Malaysia. The reflections on the surface of the water provided a natural enhancement for the images, with the subtle movement of gentle ripples allowing the reflected images to be easily recognised, whilst creating a slight twist. When the water was disturbed by the passing boats the reflections shape shifted and transformed into an abstract work of art that can never to be repeated. Every image is printed on the Huun handmade Mayan paper, which is 100% alpha cellulose renewable plant fibre. No two handmade papers are the same resulting in each piece of work giving the viewer a unique impression of Melaka River.
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