┐ Pat Brassington └

© Pat Brassington, Untitled, from the series Cambridge Road, 2007 © Pat Brassington, Untitled, from the series Cambridge Road, 2007 “In most of her ‘artist’s statements’ and the rare interviews in press, Brassington mentions her engagement with both surrealism and psychoanalysis. But there is no allegiance, no endorsement, no salute to the father. Everything is troubled in one way or another: from horror imagery that is violent and abject, through the hauntingly strange and uncanny, to the hideous, the hilarious and the banal. Brassington interrogates and extrapolates on the psychoanalytic in extreme ways: orifices exhale, threaten and protrude; the feminine … Continue reading ┐ Pat Brassington └

║ Marian Drew ║

© Marian Drew, Nature unpicked, from the series All that remains, 2010 © Marian Drew, Pair of self Portraits with birds, from the series All that remains, 2010 “All that remains is a new body of work that incorporates fallen Australian birdlife into hand-stitched tablecloths to reveal a new relationship between our urban and domestic lives and the cohabitating animal species.” More of Marian’s work can be sen here Continue reading ║ Marian Drew ║

║ Rose Farrell & George Parkin ║

© Rose Farrell & George Parkin, Acupuncture Cow, from the series A Thousand Golden Remedies, 2000 © Rose Farrell & George Parkin, Anatomical Cow, from the series A Thousand Golden Remedies, 2000 «A Thousand Golden Remedies is a mixture of the planned, the pragmatic and the inspired. Walking the streets of Beijing Farrell and Parkin discovered the large emporiums where white-coated assistants presided over counters of herbal medicines or the stock-in-trade of the acupuncturist. From here were sourced the Ginseng root, seahorse, Lingzhi fungus and dried Gecko lizard; the plastic model dog, horse, cow and pig that feature in A … Continue reading ║ Rose Farrell & George Parkin ║

║ Sarah-Mace Dennis ║

© Sarah-Mace Dennis, Asylum Bathing Area #1, from the series Tracing the trail of the dead, 2004 © Sarah-Mace Dennis, Asylum Corridor #2, from the series Tracing the trail of the dead, 2004 «Hysteria, as the word suggests, was originally thought to emanate from the uterus and so was considered a specifically female malady. It is a condition that can, of course, overtake both genders, but tends to be associated with less sophisticated subjects and highly constrained, authoritarian contexts. In medieval times certain symptoms of hysteria (such as the loss of bodily sensation) were seen as direct proof of a … Continue reading ║ Sarah-Mace Dennis ║

║ Deborah Paauwe ║

© Deborah Paauwe, Broken Melody, from the series The Crying Room, 2006 © Deborah Paauwe, Crimson Autograph, from the series Double Dutch, 2002 “Deborah Paauwe’s imagery circulates between art photography and erotica as the artist seduces and assaults the gaze. Paauwe engages with a labyrinthine gaze that Lacan charts as a map full of traps and misrecognitions In this series of photographs the artist accentuates the screen aspects of the Lacanian gaze, framing this quite literally for the viewer by using a veil to shroud and figures. The body is seen through a screen of translucent material, enticing the voyeuristic … Continue reading ║ Deborah Paauwe ║

║ Polixeni Papapetrou ║

© Polixeni Papapetrou, Dreams are like water, from the series Games of Consequence, 2008 © Polixeni Papapetrou, Ravenswood, from the series Games of Consequence, 2008 (…) “Papapetrou’s fastidiously detailed mise-en-scène fuses landscape and portraiture with ease. Her formal control flexes the camera’s hold on the unsettling tropes of youth. Costumes, props and carefully scouted locations reinforce a highly stylised sensibility to these scenarios, further enhancing their haunting beauty. Resisting digital manipulation, Papapetrou utilises natural light to heighten her vivid palette. Away from our familiar urban environment, Papapetrou’s children act out roles that take us into a familiar but forgotten past. … Continue reading ║ Polixeni Papapetrou ║