Here is the text that sits alongside this show:
To those who keep going is about the value of labour and time and how we work through these things as artists and as people. Because of my lack of any quantifiable skills, I think endlessly about how precarious my position is – both in terms of having a sustainable art practice (what does that even mean?) and general ability to generally survive. This ongoing anxiety leads to cold sweats and over thinking but this is the way that we live now, right? Relentlessly preparing for an end which never seems to come or has already passed. There is no self-care or gentleness here only boredom and frustration and competition and the getting up, moving things around and sitting back down again.
At my old job I used to pace, paper in hand, pretending to be busy. And just constant and mindless snacking – filling my body with endless fuels. Here these fuels are made visible: slowly rotting and fermenting and fizzing in place. I think a lot about mouth feel and whether that is important or whether the nuts and fruits and flour and coffee and fat are just the basic fuels for continual labour – the getting up and sitting back down. Or whether when a thing eats another thing, both things end up being the same thing. Or whether the thing that leads to the making of the thing is also the thing that is made. It’s complicated.
For now, though, please enjoy To those who keep going because it is for you.
Benjamin Chadbond and I are exhibiting ‘Strong Hold’ at Kings Artist Run in May 2016
Thanks to Lucas Davidson, I have work in the 2015 Redlands Art Prize at the National Art School, Sydney.
26th March – 23rd May 2015
Try Hard Magazine // Issue 6
I was recently interviewed for Try Hard Magazine by the lovely Katherine Rooke and am happy to present the results here. We discussed my recent project Base camp, how I view my ongoing practice and future projects.
Try Hard Magazine is a contemporary online magazine dedicated to highlighting new photographic-based practices.