Vanessa Wallace is a guest artist, whose sculptural curiosities will be exhibiting in our front window from the 9th until the 23rd of March. Oscillate interrogates the small moments of the everyday and investigates the intersection of public and private space. As a guest artist, we thought we’d do some ‘investigating’ and ‘interrogating’ ourselves with this In Conversation, so you can get to know Wallace and her creative practice.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CREATE
The process of making and documenting. I use the ground underfoot, particularly the urban environment that is my everyday as source material, photographing it, drawing it and taking pencil rubbings of it. I find print-based processes help rather than hinder my ability to wake. The necessary stops, waiting fora process to complete and the way in which the work is hidden and only revealed once each process is complete. For example, running a solvent transfer through an etching press or transferring text through chalk paper.
WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY ART PRACTICE?
I have an on-going project of compiling an archive of images relating to the ground underfoot, which forms an active phenomenological lexicon of my life-world. Predominantly, these develop into prints, artist books and small sculptures that interrogate the small moments of the everyday and investigate the intersection of public and private space. The use of text forms an intrinsic layer to the final works as it further discusses the inability to capture a moment in time, giving hints only.
HOW DID OSCILLATE DEVELOP?
Developing from a previous solo exhibition, Shuffle (held at Spectrum Project Space, ECU, Mt Lawley, WA in 2016) the prints and sculptures the form the body of work for Oscillate further interrogate the small moments of the everyday and the intersection of public and private space. The prints Oscillate 3 and Oscillate 11 take imagery from the sime period as the Negotiate series, but seek to further obscure this text through four, rather than two woven layers of text. The blocks from the Fleeting series rest on a number or platforms rather than shelves to reflect the window space where they are installed at Port Jackson Press.
HOW DOES THE EXHIBITION EXTEND, OR INTERSECT WITH YOUR PREVIOUS WORK?
Oscillate developed from and extends on three series described below developed for a previous show Shuffle. Negotiate, a series of twelve large prints focus on events of 2014 by depicting private shared ground spaces. Reflecting measurements of head circumference and body length, the ovals grow increasing bigger until they extend outside the bounds of the page. Handwritten text woven over each image forms a record of thoughts shuffled with the deluge of information received as a new parent. Parallel to the prints, were two series of fabric blocks. Balance sit wordlessly on acrylic shelves, while in contrast Fleeting give material space to an initially online project, this project played and continues to play with the idea of one word and image trying to inadequately articulate one moment or many within a day.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ART TO SOMEBODY WHO HAS NEVER SEEN IT?
Somewhat quiet until you get close to the work. The use of text is intrinsic to my work, giving the prints and perhaps even my small sculpture a link to books and pages. Abstracted ground imagery is abstracted by close-up photographs and further worked through with labor intensive methods of making – repetition being a key component.
Oscillate runs March 9-23rd March