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Alice, Interrupted

14 – 24 June 2018
Canberra Contemporary Art Space
Manuka

Alice, Interrupted is a new series of works exploring the extreme state of vulnerability that a child is exposed to as a dependant, and the symptomatic affects that these early experiences have on the psyche. Childhood objects, prints, drawings, photographs and audiovisual installations draw on a reoccurring sensation of helplessness and the desire for transformation as an escape. Reminiscent of Alice, a young figure of innocence condemned to Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, displacement, desperation and a dissipating sense of self echoes throughout the exhibition. Surreal encounters and an aura of the uncanny emerge from repressed emotions rooted in fear and anxiety. Neither defined as a figment of the imagination nor a representation of some form of reality, Alice oscillates between pronoun, noun or proper noun––all of which lead to questions probing at an internalised traumatic neurosis.

By opening up personal experiences to the public through an iconic narrative, the exhibition gives agency and validation to intense emotional and psychological states that are often suppressed in an attempt to subscribe to normative views, resisting shame and judgement. Alice, Interrupted discovers that there is the possibility of reasserting control through externalisation, and that the work allows one to express, recognise and thereby come to terms with bodily and emotional suffering.

–– Brooke Leigh, 2018

Searching For Alice, 2015–2017, video with sound 2’ 09’’ (edition of 5 + 2AP) $500

Searching (Groenevalleipark, Gent), 2015
Archival pigment print on cotton rag, 330 x 480 mm (edition of 5 + 2AP) $900 framed

Growth (Groenevalleipark, Gent), 2015
Archival pigment print on cotton rag, 330 x 480 mm (edition of 5 + 2AP) $900 framed

Hope (Groenevalleipark, Gent), 2015
Archival pigment print on cotton rag, 330 x 480 mm (edition of 5 + 2AP) $900 framed

Un-Certain-Me (In Red series), 2017
Monoprint on notepaper, 430 x 310 mm $800 framed | $650 unframed

Where I Start And Where I End Nobody Knows (In Red series), 2017
Monoprint on notepaper, 430 x 310 mm $800 framed | $650 unframed

Alice, Interrupted series, 2015-2017
Monoprint, screenprints and wine on tracing paper, lined notepaper, paper towel, gridpaper,
manuscript paper, examination leaflet, The Birch Tree music manuscript, grey examination
leaflet cover, grey notepaper, dimensions variable POA

No Fucking Clue (In Red series), 2017
Monoprint on notepaper, 430 x 310 mm $800 framed | $650

DRINK UP, circ. 1995
Porcelain tea cup, saucer, dust and wine NFS

Good Little Girl, circ. 1998
Gold Glomesh purse NFS

Lights Out, circ. 1990
Lamp and light bulb NFS

Dear Alice, 2015
Ink on papertowel, glass, dressing table drawer, chain POA

Below The Surface, 2018
Audio, 7’ 08” POA