Incinerator Gallery Exhibition – ‘Landscape Familia.’ November 2020
My Incinerator Gallery, Boadle Hall solo exhibition scheduled for November 2020 has become an on-line exhibition as a result of the Gallery being closed to the public during COVID restrictions. Although it has been disappointing to not be exhibiting in the Gallery, the last-minute pivot to an online format has been well supported by Gallery staff who, with enthusiasm and commitment, have assisted me to adapt to an unfamiliar context. They have encouraged me to include a video work (a new adventure for me) and ensured that the experience was seamless and of the same standard a live exhibition would be. A huge plus from going online for the exhibition has been giving people living in other states and overseas the opportunity to see the exhibition, that they would otherwise have missed. The exhibition can still be viewed online under Past Exhibitions – 2020 on the Incinerator Gallery website. A huge thanks to the Incinerator Gallery crew for keeping art exhibitions alive during lockdown and supporting artists to keep working.
This body of work explores family identity and inheritance across a number of domains. The common thread between those domains is that they are silent and unseen, but no less potent in influencing family and individual identity within and across the seven generations that have called this country home. Drawing on old family photos, letters and documents and the heirloom objects that I am custodian of; I have reflected on different aspects of inheritance. What has emerged is a body of work that meanders through my family history and evolution, both imagining and fleshing out the strengths and vulnerabilities that have persisted though generations, ensured the survival and continuance of the family line, have come to rest in me and in turn are passed on to my descendants. In this body of work the past, present and the future are merged.