Opening Launch: Wednesday 28 July 6-9pm | Exhibition Dates: July 28 - August 14, 2021

Jordan Devlin

Clues of Chemical Change

“Clues of Chemical Change” seeks to present an individual perspective on the notion of the self and its constant transformation through experiences, stories and technological advancement. Created sporadically throughout the course of the pandemic, the work serves as a vulnerable expression of the artist’s psyche during this unprecedented time.

The work seeks to celebrate the natural disorder involved in both the physical act of painting and the built environment. Mistakes and idiosyncrasies are celebrated as conduits of conversation.

The work also considers the relationships between seemingly inanimate and animate objects and their influence on each other. Somewhat familiar characters often appear on a dreamlike plane surrounded by a plethora of shapes and symbols, mirroring the feeling of a lost memory being remembered. The delicate abstract gestures combine with surreal contemporary motifs to reflect an age of fluidity, diversity, unrest and uncertainty. Materials and forms dissolve boundaries to create a singular visual network.

There is a continuous experimentation of techniques and materials in order to more accurately represent the inner and outer worlds surrounding the work. Ultimately, the artist seeks to help create a space for contemplation and exploration of perception, and the personal narratives this may generate.

Fiona Shewan

Shadow Lines

Shadow Lines is a photographic and video exploration of the Otago shipwreck that lies on the shores of the Derwent River in Hobart. It is not widely known that this ship was once
captained by Joseph Conrad. It was the last ship he sailed before leaving the marine service and devoting his life to writing. Conrad documents much of his experience as Master of the
Otago in his 1915 novel The Shadow Line which is about man’s transition from youth to maturity. This project is concerned with the novel’s relationship to fidelity, given Conrad
initially claimed it was autobiographical. The works in this exhibition focus on the discrepancies between Conrad’s representation of the events surrounding the previous
captain’s death in the novel and what transpired in real life. Blending imagination with memory, Shadow Lines explores issues concerning identity and truth.

The project is made up of four C-type prints and a series of videos that were composed using Super 8 film, 35mm scans, and digital video. Conrad’s captaincy of the Otago began in 1888 not long after the invention of the steamship which led to a significant shift in maritime culture and production. Blending somewhat obsolete photographic technologies with digital, the work highlights the cultural and spiritual shifts in knowledge brought about by technological developments. While some videos evoke the diary film genre through voiceover, others use subtitles and text to voice transcripts from archival letters regarding the nature of fidelity in Conrad’s novel. Blending the archive with the imaginary, these videos seek to investigate the relationship between spiritual growth, imagination, and fidelity.​​

Jasmine Grace

Ebb and Flow

Ebb and Flow; is a series of illusionary LED light boxes, in constant motion, reflecting the fluctuating nature of life itself and humanity’s ability to embrace its unpredictable nature. This collection embodies the shifting patterns and cycles that enable us to continuously grow and evolve, despite the unforeseen circumstances that come our way. Acting as a reminder that a changing landscape can also be beautiful and luminous. The creative development of this work was supported by the Victorian government through Creative Victoria.