Inez De Vega, Chris Fontana, Alison Kennedy, Tracey Lamb, Amanda Laming, Nina Sanadze and Julie Shiels
20 November to 1st December
Wednesday 22 November, 6:30pm to 8pm
Complimentary drinks and nibbles on arrival
Alliance Française Eildon Gallery
51 Grey St, ST KILDA
How might seven artists respond to the subterranean space of a 19th-century mansion? Located in the old kitchen basement of the Alliance Française, this exhibition provides a challenge to each artist to make a work that prompts a conversation between their art and the space where it is exhibited.
INEZ DE VEGA
Reprising the process of creating text on recycled fabric, Inez creates a text-based work from a poem and recycled clothing. Employing an eclectic approach to her practice, Inez draws on performance, writing, photography, video and latterly sewing to weave a personal narrative about suffering and the transformation of suffering into a broader socio-political landscape.
Inez graduated from the VCA (Honours) in 2011 and has exhibited widely across Australia, including at ACCA and PICA. Internationally her work has been shown in Paris, Berlin, Milan, Chicago and China.
Reviving the medieval mappa mundi form as an act of reprisal, Chris’s maps similarly emphasise the relationship between landscape and story, incorporating imagery and text to explore a current world view based on archival media history.
Chris recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Art from the VCA.
Alison’s two prints re-present the industrial environment in a repurposed cotton mill in Leipzig (where she has just completed a residency). The past is a mystery and examination of its reprisal – using contemporary photography and digital painting – allows gradual recognition of what was and what is. Alison is concerned with how technology shapes a world that, in turn, shapes us.
Alison is a Melbourne artist who completed a Master of Contemporary at the VCA, where she is currently undertaking her Master of Fine Art.
Tracey’s work will reference women who have worked ‘below stairs’ as domestic servants. Her practice is informed by a range of interests, including interior design, architecture, the domestic and suburbia. Tracey explores how women were historically not given due recognition for their extensive work across these areas.
Tracey has completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art) Honours, VCA in 2013 and is currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at Monash University.
The container is no longer suspended to hold and contain. The container is now an inverted vessel, an object of confinement and a trap. Amanda draws on psychological theory to explore concepts of identity and memory. She utilises drawing and textiles in her work.
Amanda studied at the VCA (Fine Art) obtaining the Post Graduate Diploma in 1980. Amanda has a Master of Creative Arts Therapy from RMIT University and recently completed a Masters of Fine Art (Coursework) at RMIT University.
Nina places replicas of bollards from the streets of Melbourne into the gallery space as a powerful representation or icon of our times. Names of notable French artists frottaged from their gravestones – that symbolise a rich cultural heritage of beauty and strength – stand against ignorance, brutality and intolerance. In her work, Nina explores themes of loss and remembrance, as well as those related to refugees and immigration.
Born in Georgia (former USSR), Nina now lives in St Kilda, Melbourne and makes sculptures, paintings, installations and street art.
Julie’s sculptures and photographic works transpose things that have been found or overlooked and respond to ideas about memory, technology, obsolescence, and the progression of time. Cicero’s Pile is derived from folded newspapers and recalls a time when the news was delivered in a material form.
Julie has a Masters of Art at RMIT University (2006) and a PhD from the Victorian College of the Arts (2016). She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work has been collected by a number of public institutions, including the Australian National Gallery.
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