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Wednesday, 04 May 2016


This exhibition aims to further interrogate the driving concept behind artist, Vanessa Wallace's art practice, that of using the ground, as a lexicon through which to view her life world and place this within a broader context. Over the last 16 years, some of the outcomes of this have included, recording the ground for everyday of the year in 2003 (etching, frottages and the use of an analogue SLR), 2009 (digital photographs formed into a quilt) and an uncompleted recording in 2013, started on Facebook and reinterpreted in the form of zines. Parallel to this, Wallace often uses the ground as the visual way of exploring concepts in themed group shows.

The current body of work focuses on the last 2 years and increasingly, attempts to investigate the intersection of public and private space. Further to this, these works look at the sense of coming back to ones self and re-negotiating public space. The works consist of 12 large prints, a series of fabric blocks and a set of artists books.

Twelve large oval images taken in 2014, depict ground surfaces, that grow increasing bigger until they extend outside the bounds of the page, making somewhat public, slow observation of private spaces inhabited by my daughter. Handwritten text shuffles personal experiences with the deluge of written and verbal information provided, in this context to new parents, seeming to both scare and inform. In conjunction with this are a group of fabric blocks balancing on acrylic shelves. Each block has 6 different ground spaces printed onto it and the shelves a series of words relating to the particular month the work seeks to record.

Building on the concepts above and restarting the project of making one image a day are smaller square format images formed into artists’ books. Started April 19, 2015, these are initially posted on Instagram with a hash tagged word that gives some hint to the moment attempting to be captured and slightly controls the path the virtual image takes. As this idea has developed over the years the interplay between word and image has changed to play with the initial method of recording.

While this process of recording has become virtually instantaneous, part of the practice aims to interrogate this and slow it down in the production of artworks that use mainly labour intensive methods of making. At this stage all works in these series use some of the following techniques: pigment transfer, hand colouring, chalk transfer, hand writing, heat transfer, hand stitching and digital print.

Event details

SHUFFLE exhibition runs from Friday, 20 May until Friday, 3 June 2016 at Spectrum Project Space (Back Gallery), Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Opening event

This exhibition will be officially opened by Dr Paul Ulhmann
Date: Thursday, 19 May 2016
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Artist Talk

Date: Saturday, 28 May 2016
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Open hours

Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturdays 12.00pm - 5.00pm


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