I believe that art has the power to change communities and to change minds.
With that aim, I am creating PARADIGM/SHIFT, a solo exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery opening in July 2019, which encourages people to view social issues from more than one perspective.
I am inspired by the social good that art can do, to encourage people to think, discuss and to differ in opinion in a safe, open environment. My aim is to create a space where the audience is free to think, rather than being prescriptive and telling them what to think.
This exhibition explores important issues facing our communities including mental health, the environment and especially domestic and family violence (DFV). I grew up on the Central Coast, and it saddens me to know that it is statistically a hotspot for DFV, in a nation where currently more than 1 woman is killed per week at the hands of an intimate partner, and intimate partner violence is the greatest health risk factor for women aged 25-44. (www.ourwatch.org.au).
Art can play a vital role in repairing the status quo. A viewer’s interaction with ‘community messaging’ – an advertisement, brochure or, in this case, an artwork – allows them to consider whether the behaviour from their intimate partner is acceptable.
As the exhibition is free and the gallery is attached to a café, event space and garden, there are varied demographics who may be in contact with this message. I have partnered with Coast Shelter (www.coastshelter.org.au) for research and as a contact service for anyone needing practical assistance.
The exhibition will be comprised of three painting installations. Each is 2m high and the biggest is 5m long. The artworks engage the viewer by requiring them to walk from one side to the other to experience the ‘other’ side of the binary.
There will also be a digital installation featuring multiple internal monologues of different people’s experiences. The audience will be able to change the audio channel, showing how our past experiences shape our perception of reality.
Through Match Lab, all contributions will be matched dollar for dollar. There are three ways to donate:
1. In this campaign, all Australian donations over $2 are tax deductible.
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Where will the money go?
Donations will cover materials, construction, filming, post-production and marketing. Raising more than my target will allow me to tour the artworks to other regional locations. More exhibitions = more people thinking about these important issues.
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The show is on from July 20 – Sept 8 2019.
See you there!