After the overwhelming success of my last series of Finnish Mossys, I’ve decided to create a new series based a little closer to home from photos taken at Clovelly Beach. My Mossy works consider the commodification of brief and fleeting personal moments via social network updates. I have created a series of soft sculptures (Mossys) that consist of original photographs printed on fabric and sewn into a small object, when squeezed the object emits a unique sigh recorded by the artist. These new works are printed on satin and have hand embroidered details on each, they also feature a more advanced sound component allowing for interactivity with the viewer.
Here is just a sneak peek of the new works, with more being developed in the studio as we speak! Keep up to date with my work via Instagram
Deep Solitude asks us to occupy this subjectivity - the isolated body seeing with a modified gaze. It thereby evokes a sense of shared experience with the naked forms decorating the floor of the exhibition. Venerable and ornamental, organic and affected, Deep Solitude asks us to remember what it feels like to be alone, with ourselves, with the world outside us somehow always distanced by our gaze.
The exhibition has been a massive success, many thanks to David Greenhalgh and the entire Archive Team for helping me with this body of work.
glistening like dew
riding on pride
my ghostly side
Here are some photos of the installation and the opening night:
And here is every Mossy up close:
The team at Archive_ Space in Newtown have selected me for another exhibition, opening on the 27th of May from 6-8pm. I hope you can join me for a few drinks to celebrate.
“The world and the brain are related to each other like process and narrative: the process creates the narrative and the narrative creates the process (the brain makes the world and the world makes the brain).” Flusser, Vilém and Erik Eisel (Translator). On the End of History. 1991.
This exhibition will consider the spaces between our bodies, the environment and the everyday technologies that mediate these organic systems. The new work in this exhibition is a product of a two-month residency (July-August 2014) at the Arteles Creative Centre in Hämeenkyrö, regional Finland. During this time I engaged in research concerning the less tangible elements of New Media, following my participation in the Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics – The Third International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture conference in Istanbul (June 2014). While popular representations of contemporary technology see an isolated ‘clean’ aesthetic, divorced from the organic, behind the ‘fetishized object of the iPad for example, microscopic dust from dead skin cells of the factory worker are trapped inside’ (‘Smog’ – J. Parikka 2014). Indeed our contemporary environment ensures it is never fully possible to remove our bodies from technology, or technology from our bodies. This exhibition will playfully explore these themes in the following ways: Wall/Solus: two large-scale landscape photographs (wall installation) Floor/Absence: two to-scale nude figures lie face down within a field of grass. Object: a series of small soft sculptures created with a custom-printed moss design. Designed to be interactive, when pressed/hugged, these sculptures will emit a unique recorded sigh from the artist.
Arteles have published their new catalogue, I’m featured for the months of July-August. Published via ISSUU, you can find a link to the catalogue here, or view my featured pages below:
Yesterday I was lucky enough to be involved in the launch exhibition of the 504 Projects, St Leonards. This new space includes a gallery, studios and workshop area. This installation includes recent work from her residency at Arteles Creative Centre, in which the artist explored solitude and technological absence in rural Finland. The site-specific installation includes the Grace+ neon developed for her MFA graduate exhibition in 2012.
Also exhibiting in this group exhibition is:
Have a peek at their beautiful new website for more information
Today I’ve installed my new work ‘Absence’ at the Verge Public Art Festival, you can find it along Sydney University’s Eastern Avenue.
At this review I presented a selection of experimental prototype works developed for my next solo exhibition in Sydney:
Today I presented a small collection of experimental work for the end of residency group show:
Here You Are is a project based on data collected from Facebook check-ins; I monitored the check-ins of my friends to discover the places people wanted to be ‘seen’ at. To help me achieve this I collaborated with Google/Spotify programmer Nic Cope, who designed a web based program using AppEngine, Python, and the Facebook Graph API to monitor every check-in made from the people within my friend’s feeds. The installation is geographically aligned with the area and based on a to-scale map of a 1km radius of the gallery, in which 1mm = 1m. The drop pins are positioned to reflect the number of check-ins at each location, where 1cm = 1 check-in, for example, Thai Riffic received 7 check-ins, so is positioned 7cm from the floor. The data was hand counted to exclude duplicates, and collate any doubled-up venue locations, for example, there were separate entries for the ZanziBar and their event, Birdcage. I wanted to create a new topographical map to investigate the landscape of ‘cool’ within the area.
The scrolling LED sign features anonymous check-in statuses from my Facebook friend feed. Separated from their usual online context the writings appear as humorous and absurd, parodying the self-advertising nature that identity crafting on social media encourages. I have amplified this absurdity by using clashing colours, kitsch fonts and turning the sign’s brightness up to it’s maximum capacity.
These pictures were taken at the three most checked-in places in Newtown, at the most checked-in time. Aiming to embody the spirit of these establishments by impersonating the other patrons in the most common kind of photograph accompanying check-ins, the selfie. They have been edited with imitated Instagram filters and printed on glass, as these kinds of images are usually viewed through a glass covered device like a mobile, tablet or computer.
I’m very excited to announce my fourth solo exhibition – Here You Are
Running from the 7th-19th of October, opening night is Wednesday the 9th of October from 6-8pm, I hope you’ll join me for some wines to celebrate.
The exhibition investigates Facebook check-ins. I have teamed up with a programmer friend, and all around techno-genius, Nic Cope; to monitor the check-ins of friends on my Facebook feed. I’m exploring this because the presence of social media has become ubiquitous in contemporary culture. Yet, despite being able to socialise with anyone, in any corner of the globe, we still long to ‘be’ somewhere. It is this desire that has lead to the rise of the check-in on Facebook, Foursquare and other social media sites. Usually accompanied by a picture and text, these updates serve as largely rhetorical acts of promotion and records of a person’s life, broadcast to an ambiguous audience. Consequently, they become an interesting reflection on the social trends and culture of an area. In reference to Sydney’s inner-west, I have acted as an artist-anthropologist, studying the city as it is seen in the real world, and as it is seen through the screen. To do this I have created three works to investigate each facet of a check-in: the place, the picture and the text. In doing so I hope to better understand where I am located culturally, and in the art world.
This exhibition has kindly been sponsored by Marrickville Council, who have awarded me a $3000 Independent Artist Grant for the production and exhibition of this work. Many Thanks!