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So, what is'Different Worlds' actually about?

January 29, 2017

The Different Worlds exhibition with Girija Kulkarni is just around the corner: the 1st to the 22nd of February, with the opening night on Saturday the 4th! If you're in Sydney next Saturday, it'd be great to see you at the opening. In preparation for the show, the folks at ArtSHINE have put up a page on me in their 'Artists' section. As well as a Bio, it has my Artist Statement for the show, and images of some of the pieces that will be on show there.

Artist’s Statement

When I was a child, I never really saw the appeal of shows and stories set in the real world. There were so many worlds that could be, could have been, or could come to be, that it seemed strange to limit yourself to this one. Now that I’m creating my own stories, I can jump between as many worlds as I can think of (well, as long as I can draw them. A world made purely out of smell would be challenging to get on paper). ‘Different Worlds’, my show with Girija Kulkarni, is a chance to share some of those worlds with others.

Using a combination of traditional pencil, pen and ink, photography, and digital techniques, my pieces in this show move through alternate pasts, presents and futures. In the past, the art world responds to having intelligent machines living alongside us in the 19th and early 20th Century; In one present, strange creatures and robots confront heroic figures in the middle of our cities, while in another, refugees from other dimensions live, work, and play alongside us; In a possible future, corporate cyborgs seek to forcibly acquire a new employee.

I have exhibited in London and Sydney, where I am based. My art practice has influenced and been influenced by my work in Primary and Secondary education, especially my Comic-Book clubs, where I encourage students to find some different worlds themselves, and maybe create their own.

 

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