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Bedside – A story of love, loss, place and exploration

Thursday, 09 May 2019


Bedside is a new exhibition by Australian contemporary artist, Lucille Martin. Martin is an artist working in photo-media, textile and performative practice exploring new frontiers of self-representation to navigate the intersections of art, science and technology.

Martin’s new exhibition, Bedside is an iPhoneographic multi-media installation exploring identity through Documentary participant observational image capture* of her bedside table taken on a daily basis over a three-year period. This multi-media exhibition is a story of female identity through love, loss, place and exploration.

Bedside is about reclaiming identity and how the camera phone becomes an intimate form of stability in that process.

Martin’s story is currently in production as a documentary work by a filmmaker in Melbourne and her immersive exhibition of images and video work opens at Spectrum Project Space on 6th June 2019.

The iPhone camera provides a freedom and accessibility to share in a collective cultural experience, engaging in new ways of working and seeing the world. The images share the intimate and common objects, patterns and repetitious positioning of the ordinary and extraordinary experiences of life toward an expression of universal emotion.

Lucille worked as a freelance artist for Vogue, Harpers, Belle, TV Soap, Penthouse and other fashion magazines during the 90’s. Trained as an Art director she went into professional art practice over 25 years ago.

Throughout her awarded career Martin has frequently roamed within the world of documentation and candid display since she shot her first images during the Anti-apartheid riots in South Africa in 1984. It was the launch of her first exhibition, Blind Spots in 1986, in support of her passion for human rights at Sydney’s King Street Gallery and an Australia Council project grant following soon after, which established her award-winning work in Sydney and Perth. Martin’s long career includes significant community development and participation, higher education, pedagogy and policy advocacy.

“The everyday and the ordinary are evocative and challenge my desire for self-protection and preservation. Bedside is vulnerable, personal, universal, uncomfortable and mundane”, Lucille Martin.

*Observational documentary image capture attempting to simply and spontaneously observe lived life.

Event details

The Bedside will take place from Friday, 7 June to Thursday, 20 June at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Opening event

To be officially opened by Ms. Geraldine Mellet
Date: Thursday, 6 June 2019
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Artist talk

An artist talk will take place with Lucille Martin
Date: Thursday, 6 June 2019
Time: 5.15pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Open hours

Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm; 
Saturday 12.00pm - 5.00pm


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