opening 15 nov
Ambiguous Fragility | 16 November – 25 November 2012
Opening Night | 6.00pm Thursday 15 November 2012
A show by Deanne Jolley, Jessie Imam, Jess Wilson and Louise Molesworth
This group show centres around the ideas of fragility that the human body has been attributed with. Whether through adornment, financial striving, social placement or physical moulding; we all experience the need to promote and protect our physical selves from perceived dangers. Without immediate threat from wild beasts or threatening neighbours, this culture we exist in ( especially the Western one ) has created a new set of dangers and we have created a new set of anxieties to go with them. These anxieties are seemingly gentler but more long term and therefore the cause of a new fragility within our mindsets and following that, our bodies. Our works only touch on the topic but bring up questions about the stress of social conform that are important to all, whether cave person or high rise executive. We lie somewhere in-between!
Deanne forces us to stop and consider, do we really live our lives according to our personal ideals and dreams, or is it dictated by external forces that are beyond our control? Using the symbolism of bubblewrap as a protective material, she references our very modern anxieties and questions them accordingly.
Jessie’s most recent works centre around themes of death, transition and traces. She takes a mythological approach and uses elements in her pieces to spark conversations surrounding truth and reality and a tension between memory, vitality and death.
Jess focuses on the body as a representation of history, both personal and public. By using the body as more of a sculpture, she shows the permanence of its affect in a space rather than a fleeting memory or nostalgia and suggests that a person/s can resonate within a space long after they have gone.
Lou’s current photographic work calls on several myths and archetypes of the feminine within nature in order to relay her own adaptations and misgivings about these identities. She uses the female body to study and query the many textures surrounding the idea of ‘the woman’ and her connection to nature.