Still Breathing, Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide Australia
August 30-September 30th 2014
These paintings are a way of holding vigil.
When I’m not painting, I work in the suicide prevention field. This body of work gathers together emotional residue and thinking from that space. Visually the work seeded from traditions around death masks. Taken into paint, I wanted these faces to hold that liminal space between the living and dead, that state distinguishable only through a fine thread of breath.
As it turns out, the paint fought hard to keep them firmly on the side of those still, but breathing.
Collectively, they form a kind of re-membering