Exposed - In Stupid As A Painter exhibition, Library Stairwell Gallery, Darlinghurst
Work in Progress - An assemblage in Home Grown: The Tenacious Realm exhibition, Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby
Responding to the curatorial theme of The Tenacious Realm considering how community can be resilient to future shocks and chronic stresses, Work in Progress explores marginalisation and mental illness via social abstraction. The tumour of objects can be seen to mimic the vicious thought cycles that often accompany mental illness and perpetuate social isolation and loneliness. Conversely, it could illustrate the notion of finding one’s tribe and the strength drawn from belonging. This metaphor, via the entire visual conglomeration, can be extended further to presume the responsibility of the community at large to accept diversity. Those living with mental illness know it is an ongoing challenge, however the role of society in unravelling stigma and embracing difference can aid in social integration - as the title suggests it is a work in progress.
Outside Looking In - An installation in Future Abstract exhibition, Art Space, Chatswood
Outside Looking In is a site specific installation that surveys 33°47′44″S 151°11′00″E - The Concourse at the heart of Chatswood, where it was assembled and exhibited. The industrial materials and angular forces of Chatswood's expanding cityscape lend itself to the geometric abstraction that covers the multidimensional adjacent and parallel planes of the space. Using Google Earth technology, digital imagery of the surveyed area was employed as a ‘rectified readymade’, allowing for a rudimentary beginning to a process of abstraction. Outside Looking In subverts the conventional pictorial plane, utilising the wall, floor and functional glass gallery door as the artworks ground, expanding beyond the physical confinements of the gallery.