The nuns at the Abbotsford Convent once used this front room to make cakes for the visiting priests. In response to the site’s history, Zhou embodies shared experiences, reconstructing a version of the past that does not belong to her. By juxtaposing the labour of the nuns with that of Chinese immigrant women, Zhou draws attention to the invisible labour and love that these women give under unequal power and social structures.
Transform into the animal you need to is an exhibition investigating ideas of how nostalgia and place feeds into one’s identity. There is an intention Where/Whose intention (the artist? Society’s?) to create new personal, symbolic meanings through representations of animals. For Anthea Kemp, the pony, poodle, bat and spoonbill relate to a state of nostalgia for place. Two of these animals are domesticated introduced species that Anthea has had close and caring relationships with.
Ada Hale is an artist living on the unceded land of the Boon Wurrung and Wurrundjeri people of the wider Kulin Nation. Ada’s practice delves into different modes of storytelling, studying the relationships between fantasy and the corporal. Camille Thomas is an artist living and working on the unceded land of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the wider Kulin nation. Camille’s practice processes the act of unravelling, thinking through making.
Bring Home the Bacon is about an element of society that the artist encounters regularly and find the strangest and also most interesting: corporate and institutional-style interiors. It is a part of society in which they are a willing participant, but also one that they recognise as absurd and lacking value. These paintings take a look at the catering excess that is often encountered in these situations.
Pheromone trap presents a sculptural installation that explores the idea of parasitism in relation to private property. If we look at the interior of the house through the vantage point of the parasite, we are welcomed into a pleasurable and distressing infrastructure. Against the uninvited pursuit of sustenance and warmth, our host can only react with hostility or hospitality.
My practice drifts between video, sculpture, installation and printmaking. Reading informs a lot of my work and I often steal the good bits. Playing in the spaces between language, memory, images and stories, I take pleasure in the simultaneous potential and inadequacy of words and the poetic spaces as they are pulled, pushed and spread around. Meaning is viscous. While its elements can be dismantled and rearranged, it moves reluctantly, it clings and sags in strands, and sometimes it gets stuck to things it shouldn’t.