A WALLPAPER STATE OF HARMONY
Grounded in a process based practice, l am interested in the dynamics of sculptural patterns and the architectural spaces they occupy.
This work is concerned with the complex nature of the ‘decorative motif’. Common place in home interiors, the motif is a subtle interplay of wilderness tamed and unity constructed.
A state of harmony references the act of creating a motif, the process of pattern making, the repetitious construction of shapes and assemblage to create a pattern that exists harmoniously with the space it inhabits.
Invested in this wallpaper design, is a physicality with the space it occupies, inviting one to touch.
Feel free to touch the installation, gently please.
Taking inspiration from the funeral art and reliquaries studied in a recent sabbatical to Italy, Phillips has transformed her own family heirlooms and those of her friends into memento mori.
The artist collages vanitas objects; skeletons, candles, detritus and timepieces, with personal mementos; travel souvenirs, jewelry, tools, buttons and thimbles.
This work is concerned with the journey of objects from ordinary to precious, when theybecome the relics of our dearly departed.
By recasting these objects into mysterious reliquary or shrines they provide a commentary about life (and death) and intergenerational bonds.
The works are displayed within day-glo pink shadow boxes and what-nots, emphasising the tactility of the waxy bronzes, tempting you to touch and serving as a reminder of playful recklessness and the need for us to all have a good time.
MATTER AND MEMORY
The paintings and sculptures presented are explorations of awareness of time and the self in context with our history and contemporary understandings. This work looks at the use of symbolism that depicts the weight of man and the memory of our fragmented states of being.
NEW WORK BY
"We cannot approach beauty"... Ralph Waldo Emmerson
Throughout my work I attempt to retain themes that reference the myth of innocence, both in nature and humanity and also engage the beguiling personality of beauty and affectation within a contemporary context.
When using the term, myth of innocence, I mean the often ignored pre-pubescent recognition of the other and it's associated responsibility between action and consequence.
STORM CLOUD CARNIVAL
Kate Tucker is a Melbourne based Artist working across a range of media. Process and craftsmanship are central to Kate’s multidisciplinary practice. Her current work explores the possibilities of paper, through the medium of painting. The paintings begin as ‘portraits of paper’, but morph organically through the process of their making. Kate is drawn to this process as it allows images to reveal themselves, free of narrative or boundaries. She seeks to create images that are suggestive of vast scenes and macroscopic sections, but in fact belong in neither category. Colour, proliferation and pattern are recurring themes in Kate’s work.
TAKINGS OF PLACE
Drawing much inspiration from the photography emanating from Germany during the 1970’s and 80’s, in particular from Düsseldorf’s infamous Kunstakademie, Clarke’s large scale photographs document the German and Scandinavian landscape.
Moreover, Clarke looks at occurrences within the landscape, that in today’s fast paced society can often be dismissed or not observed at all. Oddities and novelties of the everyday; a lonely van abandoned at the edge of a forest, beach chairs huddled together on the foreshore encompassed in fog, sheep happily grazing at the edge of a major city.
C.S Clarke’s use of large format photography in creating this body of work, a medium which impresses a very considered and formal approach on the photographer, complements his subject matter and is a process which enables the initial discovery of these Takings of Place.