Archive : 2018

January 19 - February 3, 2018



Katherine Edwards

Plantarum Feminam

This project was inspired by the story of Empress Josephine Bonaparte, and her fascination with Australian botany in the 1800s, evidenced in her Australian plants and animals collection at her Malmaison glasshouse and gardens, in Paris.

In “PlantarumFeminam”, Katherine investigates the unlikely emergence of women botanists of this era, and the relationship between women and nature, and the dichotomy of the ‘wild’ and tamed’ concepts around ‘the feminine’. As the study of plants has historically been a male domain, this shift in science was a rather radical form of feminism. 

Plantarum Feminam encompasses Katherine’s interest in the start of the Romantic period in Europe, and the rise of female botanists around the globe, who bridged a predominantly male domain, that of science. The notion that a woman of that era had the potential to be 'fashioned' by herself, handmade, not merely serving a man’s ego, or only via 'feminine' ideals, is a source of inspiration for Katherine’s paintings and sculptures. 



Fiona Skelton & Sam Hatfield

The Cult of Love

The Cult of Love is a multi-part video series that mashes together philosophical questions of self-awareness, the dynamics of intimacy, and a self-reflexive exposition of a collaborative artistic practice. 

If individual consciousness is merely a bundle of processes without any central point of synthesis, then joint consciousness may become not merely a possibility but a necessary outcome of any systematic collaborative process involving multiple selves who themselves already qualify as conscious. The progression of an intimate relationship is used as the narrative basis for artistically bringing into being a third “entity” that is aware of itself, while also making explicit the sexuality that is implied by the synthesis of definably separate selves. 

man[und]lady is a collaboration between artists Sam Hatfield and Fiona Skelton. The overarching premise of their joint practice is to use humour and the absurd to provocatively deconstruct psychosocial paradigms. Their work is also heavily influenced by their involvement in neuropsychological research. 



Alison Gray

alaska

In this series of works Alizon Gray builds gestural marks and uses heightened colour to paint the Alaskan landscape as illusory scenes. The paintings are abstract reflections of Gray’s time spent in Alaska in 2016 and are an intimate scale, as snap shots of a remembered experience. The works recall glimpses of cruising past glaciers and seemingly endless mountains along the Inside Passage, flying onto a glacier for an afternoon hike, taking the train into the White Pass and through the mountains to Anchorage, wandering the tundra, getting stuck in the middle of a braided river, and searching for an elusive glacial erratic. The paintings have been made as a response to Gray attempting to capture the enormity of the landscape with the lens of her camera and failing to do it justice.