‘Minor Handling’ was an installation of video and textile elements shown at Tinning St Gallery in June 2016.
The work investigates changing dynamics in the realm of making in post-industrial economies. Part craft, part online DIY, part homewares display, the installation reflects on our desire to regain a lost sense of intimacy with materials based on knowledge acquired through touch. The work poses the question of how tactile processes of making can inhabit a culture in which objects in our everyday surroundings appear to us as enigmatically prefabricated entities.
HD video, 180kg used clothing, fabric, foam, velcro.
Shake on it
A pair of digital images, 'Shake on it' is part of an experimental project investigating the gesture of the handshake. This project connects to a larger body of research in which the artist analyses contemporary trends in material production, trade and the movement of goods. A handshake was 3D scanned and separated into two files then flattened into 2D colour templates. The work aims to deconstruct the gesture of the handshake and provoke questioning about what lies beneath the symbolic language of business and exchange.
Digital images from 3D scans.
Stringline is part of a collection of works in which the artist investigated apparent oppositions between materiality and immateriality in the realm of contemporary labour. This piece combines the archaic design of the warp-weighted loom with traditional as well as contemporary and found materials. In doing so the work incites questioning around transitions in material production and our attitudes towards tactile, manual labour processes. Stringline was part of the Fresh finalist exhibition at Craft Victoria, 2016.
Wood, wool, sisal fibre, synthetic string, used high vis clothing, beer cans.
Hard Earned Thirst
For the development of the installation Hard Earned Thirst, the artist researched ancient loom designs and used traditional, contemporary and found materials (wood, wool, sisal fibre, synthetic string, high-vis fabric and beer cans) to create a replica of a warp-weighted loom. These looms originated in the Neolithic period and were later used to weave sails for trading ships. The video component of the work was made simultaneously as the artist was investigating historical changes in textile production, both in artistic and industrial contexts.
Wrung was part of a series of publications produced in 2015 in which six Honours students at MADA created a site specific installation then responded to it via an interview with one of their peers and their teaching mentor Tom Nicholson.
Truth is I never could say
Truth is I never could say was part of MADA Now 2014. The work investigates symbolic modes of communication in contemporary Australian media and culture.