At times tense, this exhibition of intriguing works is rich with symbolism and explores personal narratives, redefined through striking visual means.
Sydney Lancaster uses a vast array of media and approaches in her work. The works depict and describe birds’ nests and mediate between the reality of the nest as an object, versus the emotional and psychological significance that we, as humans, attach to them. Lancaster’s nests evoke ideas of home and security in opposing ways. While functioning as empty spaces, suggesting a sense of absence and longing, they also conjure notions of growth, nurturance and protection.
Poignant book works by Susan Seright seek to expose social misconceptions of bipolar disorder. By pitting reality with perception, Seright uses these sculptural forms to break free of social stigmas and speak out about her personal journey with mental health challenges. Recognizing opponents such as light and dark and inertia and chaos in her books, we hear a story within a story, assembled from opposing parts: the original book and its carved away pieces.
A series of self portraits by Claire Uhlick, painted from her personal experience of loss, explore ideas of emotional reality. The works depict the artist falling into oblivion, captured in a fleeting moment of precarious balance between control and loss of control. In each painting, the figure is enveloped by negative space, a moment captured from a falling dream. A strange ambiguousness emanates from the artist’s elusive expression which seems to fluctuate between distress and serenity. Uhlick is interested in the obscurity of dreams, memory and imagination and how they impact human consciousness.