Photography, Photomedia, Mixed Media | Brian Rope
Tina Fiveash | The Sweet Forever
Deirdre Pearce | A line of best fit
ANU School of Art & Design Gallery | Until 8 April 2021, Tue-Fri 10.30AM–3.00PM
These two exhibitions are each part of Higher Degree by Research programs being undertaken by the artists.
Tina Fiveash engages in multiple forms of contemporary photomedia including still and moving-image photography, anaglyptic (3D) and lenticular photography.
What is death? What happens when we die? Fiveash invited fifty Australians to write a letter responding to those two questions. Digitised forms of their letters are on a website. The exhibition includes a large print, being a grid of portraits of contributors, with a QR code link to the website. Taken together, both Fiveash’s creative visual practice and her work with people’s letters, form a contribution to the field of death studies. Quotes from some letters included in the exhibition notes are very moving.
Equally moving is a series of large images printed with pigment inks on cotton rag. I saw powerful stories about love in each image. Twin Spirit, 2013 was the winner of the People's Choice Award in the 2013 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture.
Dierdre Pearce works with drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. In A line of best fit there are three excellent mixed media works.
Pearce is interested in how people interact with the various space types we inhabit, and how we map the boundaries between interior and exterior worlds. She enjoys exploring how technologies influence her experiences and sense of self, focusing on developing visual metaphors for the relationship between the physical self and its growing digital presence.
Her research starting point was the growth of global human-machine networks and the significance humans place on participation in them. This practice-led project investigates how negative space might be used as an analogy for non-machine interactions, which are data-silent yet influence global networks in which humans and machines operate.
Experiments took place through a series of site-responsive installations assembled from everyday materials. Different approaches to describing personal experience were tested, including unusual forms of data visualisation and development of digital and physical ‘windows’ through which audiences could engage with the work.
One work here re-imagines Pearce’s study during the pandemic. It contains a wonderfully vibrant and diverse collection of found and acquired objects that visitors could wander amongst for a long time - irrigation pipe, cable ties, shopping dockets and photographic documentation.
'A line of best fit' (installation view) 2020, mixed media, dimensions variable. Photograph Brenton McGeachie
Another work includes yarn, polyester, video documentation and found objects.
'I am here, I am here, I am here’, 2020, mixed media, dimensions variable. Photograph Dierdre Pearce
The third is a video; both it and the yarns feature ‘dots’ – we see them on screen as when locating a place via maps, and in very colourful woven forms of varying sizes determined by how long Pearce spent at particular locations.