University of Southern Queensland Spatial Construction workshop & courtyard & Red Door Gallery, June 2018.
Things that are and aren’t is a collection of assemblages, paintings and sculptures that address the role of material in art, recycling, installation spaces and function. This body of works conveys a mix of abstract landscapes, made from discarded remnants of the artist’s surroundings. By documenting these works in gallery spaces and non-gallery spaces, new dialogues surface and repetitive nuances interact with unique features. Society is constantly altering the landscape and adapting to it simultaneously, which has been embodied by taking pieces of the landscape made from discarded reminders of our surroundings.
Themes of nature vs. human culture, transformation and how our landscapes can no longer be experienced without man made objects occupy this work. Using a mix of natural and manmade repurposed objects from my current environment discusses our relationship with waste and its connection to the landscape. Through sourcing materials found in local landscapes, this work reflects the retained history of the objects back to the viewer. The objects and materials used are generally left soiled, as per the condition they’re found, which reveal the objects connection to place. In this context, the work becomes a paradox of what is familiar and repetitive, but no longer functional.
Through a repetitive composition and a minimalist, materials based aesthetic puts emphasis on materiality. The process of deconstructing the materials removes obvious narratives and finite storylines within the work. This disrupts the objects social and cultural meaning to allow us to connect with material; the splinters, rough edges, dirt stains. In turn, we are positioned within collective experiences pertaining to these objects and perhaps reminded of similar arrangements.
Installed in a functional workshop space and then in a professional gallery setting, this body of work explores ideas of context and how it establishes new meaning in artworks.