St Heliers: Birthmarks and Gap Worlds / Fractured Dwellings
'Birthmarks and Gap Worlds'
So often we find ourselves in transit between one adventure and the next. Birthmarks and Gap Worlds explores the preoccupations that arise between defining life events. In anticipation of the destination, the mental and emotional terrain traversed are rendered as small worlds unto themselves. Each work describing a transient microcosm, a locus of imagining, a site of rumination, transformation or letting go – the liminal spaces of journey where identities shift and conceptual logic gives way to a dreamlike understanding. Between the past and the present, the present and the future we each create our own gap worlds.
Rosi Griffin is a Melbourne-based artist who is interested in ideas of home, belonging and the body as it relates to architectural space. In her newest exhibition ‘Fragmented Dwellings’, Griffin considers the physical and psychological consequences of urban development and demolition. The exhibition features a series of paintings based on photographs and collected images that the artist has pieced together to create a new abstracted reality. There is a heightened tension between three-dimensional space and flat fields of colour, creating an overall impression of depth and perspective.
These paintings ask the viewer to consider the broader ramifications of housing demolition, and questions the sanctity of memories and histories that are evoked through its ruins. By revealing the physical frameworks and structures that are at the heart of all houses, Griffin is bringing a private space into the public eye. Within ongoing discussions around property development and affordability, Griffin’s exhibition dismantles the utopian ideals of our urban landscape and asks us to excavate what is underneath the surface.
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