St Heliers Street Gallery: Looking Into The Sun / I Am Your Mirror, Here Are The Stones
Looking Into The Sun
'Looking Into The Sun' attempts to visualise the often invisible movement of time and its symbolic cycles, through the bright presence of circles of sunlight upon the artist’s face and body. Looking directly into the bright light of the sun is medically considered dangerous to our eyes although there are those called Sungazers who believe there are health and spiritual benefits from staring into the sun for long periods of time. This act of sun-gazing was undertaken by the artist who captures the sun’s journey across the sky with reflected coloured discs of light moving across her face as she holds her gaze steady.
Performed with somewhat uncomfortable commitment, 'Looking Into The Sun' captures a recurring self-image and proposes a parallel symbolic relationship between sight and how to represent an often fraught search for self-understanding in our visually complex world.
'Looking Into The Sun' is the public outcome of art work conceived and created by the artist during a 2017 studio residency at the Phasmid Studio GbR in Berlin, Germany.
I am your mirror, here are the stones
"I first saw that small rug and noticed it had been worn through down the bottom where the feet and knees go. It's my grandmothers rug, the only thing my dad has left of her. I thought how many times did she pray on it to wear it down to the ground? How many times did she seek refuge here? How much hope, how much faith, how much sanctuary?"
Lara Chamas is a first-generation Lebanese Australian artist, based in Melbourne. Her practise investigates sub topics of postcolonial and migrant narratives, specifically within the context of her cultural identity. Her practise explores this in relation to contemporary Australian and global society. Currently completing her Masters by Research in Fine Art at Monash University, Lara's research explores links between narrative theory, cultural practice, current politics and the body as a sculptural, oral and political vessel. Included in this is personal experience and family history, to relate to contemporary issues in Australian society surrounding bi-culturality and assimilation.
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