Coming Across To You is an installation that considers unspoken subtle moments in human interactions. It focuses on seemingly insignificant everyday exchanges between people. Noticing them can give more insight into other people and human connections than the continual and sometimes operatic chatter that often occurs in social situations. Observing that people are often performing identity in order to fit with societal structures, these forms suggest an inflated performance, self-aggrandisement, unconscious desires, and the humour of attempting to relate to others.
Images provided by the artist and Grant Hancock.
Soft Shock (excerpt)
Tabletop Dancer and Simone
Ones grasp of reality is only as they see it; their reality is internal; Heaven and Hell are both within, it is how we interpret them that they alter us. Ustopia is the imagined perfect state. A reality caught between two elements: Utopia and Dystopia. Your perception vs my perception. Ustopia presents an alternate experience - heightening senses in attempt to decipher the truth from reality by depicting the 'in between' state. Within our lives we often fail to absorb things that are strange and unfamiliar, sticking to our learned understanding of what exists and belongs. Ustopia is perceptions of an 'in between' state, questioning the limits of our experiences.
Ode to Orifice
Ode to Orifice takes inspiration from the 'orifices' or 'tree holes' found in a particular group of trees on the northern side of Rymill Park. Holes in trees are a physiological result of natural stress after the breakage of a limb, and expose the 'heartwood' of a tree. The holes are used by surrounding fauna as shelter, particularly the birds who are very protective of them. I was drawn to the holes because of their interesting and inviting shapes and have enlarged one to draw attention to the mysterious feature. The holes have a performative quality in that they appear capable of doing something or perhaps communicating with the rest of the park. An orifice has been magnified in hope of stimulating new ways of conceiving things familiar.