A landfall can either announce an arrival at land, or inversely, the collapse of a mass of land. The installation Land Fall plays with these opposing meanings.
Appropriating a 100-year-old bluestone foundation block that was excavated from the heart of Melbourne, this incredibly dense and hard geological material that once formed the solid foundation for our homes, is then smashed into varying sizes and presented on the surface of a common domestic material: carpet. The proximity of these two materials results in an unexpected juxtaposition of geological matter (rocks) and domestic material (carpet); separated not only by interior and exterior, but also their respective time frames.
Land Fall draws our attention to the shifts in time-perception between the two materials: the artist draws the shadows of the rocks directly onto the surface of the carpet by simply changing the direction of the fibres so that light is reflected at different angles. The viewer is invited to circle the work, and as they do so, the carpet’s surface also changes, just as distant land seen across an ocean can also appear to shift on approach.
Irrstern is a large-scale wall installation where roughly cut quartz crystal collected from the forest around a mine in Lower Silesia, Poland, are mounted on a dusty pink carpet; resulting in an unexpected juxtaposition of geological matter (rocks) and domestic material (carpet), two materials that usually occur under our feet.
The shadows of the rocks are drawn directly onto the surface of the carpet by simply changing the direction of the fibres so that light reflects at different angles, giving the illusion of movement to what are otherwise stationary, heavy objects.
Exhibited at tête as part of the duo exhibition, Mammalia, with Piotr Pietrus and in the group exhibition, The Presence of Absence, at Kunstverein Neukölln, both in Berlin, 2017.
Standing Stone is an installation that transposes the marks on our own bodies into a large-scale map using basalt boulders collected from the Western Victorian Volcanic Plains, steel poles and sticky tape.
The position of each rock is determined by the pattern of moles and other blemishes on the artists’ own back. By joining these points using transparent sticky tape, a new three-dimensional constellation is created.
Referencing the ancient Indigenous stone arrangements present in the area that the stones were collected and the stellar constellations whose movements they trace, the installation crosses both the geographic and corporeal timescales – traversing the mineral to organic and the infinite to the micro.
Exhibited at BLINDSIDE, Melbourne, 2014, with support from Arts Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts. Exhibition catalogue text, With the Universe at Our Backs, by Laura Skerlj. Exhibited also in HEAVY FORMS (curated by Ace Wagstaff), Rubicon ARI, Melbourne 2016. Installation images 1-6 by Matthew Stanton.
Inkjet print on office A4 paper, crushed, and then framed.
Exhibited in 10 Years, Kunsterverein Neukoelln, Berlin, and a detail exhibited in 9x5 Now Exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, both 2017.
Memory Muscle examines the recent repatriation of human remains from the Charité Medical History Museum in Berlin back to Australia, over a century after they were removed. Using unfixed photographic paper that slowly fades in ambient light, an image is created that never rests, that mirrors an exchange of objects and material, not only between countries, but also between mineral and organic, the human and the geologic. Memory Muscle looks at how body and material are exchangeable; depending on where one sits in relation to history and politics.
Unique print on unfixed black and white photographic paper, 25 x 35 cm, allowed to fade in ambient light. New prints are added during the exhibition period so that the series accumulates, allowing viewers to see multiple images at different stages of deterioration at any one time.
Exhibited in Ground Work (curated by Manuel Wischnewski), Lehrter Siebzehn, Berlin 2014 (exhibition catalogue available here) and in Shadow Sites (curated by Frances Wilkinson and Samantha McCulloch), Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 2016. Installation photography by J Forsyth.
The exhibition, Shadow Sites, was held across two sites: Centre for Contemporary Photography and National Storage Collingwood. For the storage site a sculptural response to the curator's proposition was developed, titled, Rock Study I (2016), to be sculpturally paired with the series Memory Muscle. McCulloch writes in her catalogue essay, "the rock appearing in these images is laid on photographic paper. The paper, cut to shape of the rock's shadow, gradually changes tone. Memory Muscle proceeds as a series of shadows and traces of itself, constituted by its relations with both specific and disparate places and times."
Volcanic rock, unfixed black and white photographic paper, variable dimensions. Installation view (on left, at back) as part of the group exhibition Shadow Sites, National Storage, Collingwood, 2016. Installation photography by J Forsyth and A Weedon.
Constellation is an installation of silver gelatin photographs and sticky tape. A photograph of the artists' own back has been inverted, so that the usually dark moles and blemishes on her skin appear as small points of light against a dark, ambiguous surface. These points of light are joined using a ruler and ball point pen to create a new constellation, akin to the mapping of stars against a night sky.
Exhibited at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne, as part of the Artist in Residence program, 2016.
In the ongoing photographic series Bruise the artist uses photographic paper as a raw material, exposing it to ambient light over time without developing or fixing it. In ambient light, photographic paper continues to change colour, at first becoming more vivid, then slowly fading, moving through hues of greens, blues, pinks and reds. This process of unfixed mark making can be likened to temporary marks of the skin; the paper bruises continually shift in colour and shape and are also the result of pressure on a surface.
Exhibited in Standing Stone, BLINDSIDE, Melbourne, 2014, and published in 'The Scenic Route #1 - Touch,' SLANG, Berlin, 2016.
Batholith is a site-specific installation of photography and sculpture. Using undeveloped photographic paper and sticky tape, a crude solargraph traces the movement of light falling through the west-facing window of the gallery.
This is juxtaposed against three photographs: a portrait of an older woman, a rock and a weathered piece of bone. All absorb time, albeit at different rates.
Exhibited at Knight Street Art Space, Melbourne, 2013, with support from Arts Victoria and the Victorian College of the Arts. Exhibition catalogue text by Samuel Webster. And subsequently exhibited in Temporality (curated by Jessica Tamar Snir), The Attic Gallery, and at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, both Melbourne 2015.
A photograph taken from the artist’s family archive is mirrored and repeated. Playing with the negative and positive found naturally with unusual markings of the body, this is juxtaposed against a small rock balanced on a kenzan; a bodily form, framed, that also holds it own blemishes in the pattern of lichen on its surface.
Exhibited at Platform Public Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, 2013.
In response to the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes in New Zealand, a photograph of a woman from the artist’s family archive is juxtaposed with the precariously balanced weight of a volcanic rock and modified domestic objects.
Exhibited at Rae and Bennett Gallery, Melbourne, 2012.