Memory and Materiality
Memory and Materiality is a visually diverse exhibition from artists Anita Kwong, Kirsten Bresciani and Sibone Heary. Each artist examines the way in which their own personal memories interact with the present. It is through the process of making that these memories materialise. Louise Bourgeois states that “the function of memory is not only to recall, reconstitute or reconcile the past but also to construct and represent the present” (Contemporary Art and Memory ‐ Joan Gibbons).
Kirsten Bresciani’s Memory Rooms are photo‐boxes of personal memory triggers. They explore involuntary sensory activation of past events – episodic memory.
Sibone Heary’s large scale paintings examine the human body’s capacity to store difficult or traumatic memory ‐ the body remembers. They look at the interconnection between mind and body, and the power of the subconscious.
Anita Kwong’s series of photographs, The day after lockdown 5.0, depicts a light, translucent form mid‐flight in the sky. The works arise from the freedom felt the day after that COVID lockdown 2021 ended in Melbourne, Victoria. Anita considers how the image may cue memory ‐ especially collective memories. The delicate fabric works introduce a tactile medium to the inquiry.
A touch of cream & sugar’, pays homage to the motif of many edible objects found in Courtney’s paintings.
Courtney draws on the colours and shapes of ordinary things, translating them into abstract characters on the canvas. Her work has a playful and colourful quality, sprinkled with motifs of edible and natural things; wine, tea, fruit, coffee, milk, plants and flowers. Her work juxtaposes the living against the non-living through vibrant and abstract expression.
“My hope is for the viewer to be transfixed by the quirky character of my artworks and to notice the beauty of mundane objects which might be otherwise overlooked. By filling the gallery room with many colours and objects, I hope to create a more immersive experience for the viewer.”
Seeking to explain our physical data collectors’ connective relationship with natural and mechanical beings, my work breaks down singularly linear abstractions of the environment. Exploring the objectivity of the ‘after image’ each work outlines basic structures in a fluid motion and formalized settings. This breakdown across our eyes represents blurred physical properties that are amalgamated through our minds collecting and placing of data. Using broad and minimal outlines creates a blurred physical explanation of such phenomena. In extracting empirical data from the spacial surroundings my work surrounds heavily around a collaboration between industrial and organic settings. Influenced and motivated heavily by climate change action and the Anthropocene, the series sits to combine evocations of identity, emotion, and ideas through singular landscapes. Sometimes exampled as conscious void or what individuals state as ‘zoning out, the work becomes a broader scope for the breakdown of natural reality both in Dimensional and time-orientated space.