19th February - 7th March 2021
|notfair| Project Space
James St, Windsor, VIC.
Film by Tom Chapman, 2020
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- In 2019 I had an inkling that I'd like to make a body of work based around my new found fascination with micrometeorites. These tiny specks of space dust, when magnified seem almost handcrafted. These otherworldly jewels are literally alien to Earth and yet, here they are littered all around, sitting quietly, safe from the naked eye. However the more research I delved into, the clearer it became that the micrometeorites were already complete pieces of art in their own right. I needed to push past what was in front of me and toward the conceptual embodyment of this 'alien jewel'. What is a jewel to me? Is it a physical treasure or memento? Can a memento be an experience or feeling? A memory? Can a memory be a colour? I began to tap in to my own sometimes obscure memories and personal experiences, building them up on the canvas from a grain of realism and stretching them out through layers of representational colour and gesture. Each painting is intended to be slowly discovered by the viewer. A flash of evocative colour for the impatient, then a sense of movement and mood, and only then for those who have the time, lies a personal narrative at the core. The title of the series Existengia, is a portmanteau bringing together feelings of existential dread and nostalgia. To me, this is experienced in the realisation I am simultaneously standing on a rock hurtling through space held in place by gravity alone, all the while finding pause to appreciate the everyday beauty and privilege of a human existence.