Sixfold Project exhibition Nov 2022 - Jan 2023
NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns
Meanwhile pays homage to the collective creative experience. Presenting the works of Australian artist group, Sixfold Project, the exhibition embraces simultaneous art production across disparate geographic locations, time zones and emotional conditions.
The exhibition features new work from artists, Jennifer Valmadre, Rose Rigley, Julie Poulsen, Louisa Ennis-Thomas, Barbara Dover and Raewyn Biggs, probing and challenging their individual interpretations of time and place within personal philosophical frameworks. At times, shared. At times, unique.
Each Sixfold Project artist created major and smaller individual works, a collaborative video, 60 Seconds, and an installation, A Crooked Line, comprising around thirty pieces from the studios of each artist.
My works point to warnings, threats, alarms and signs. They speak to the foreboding of climate change, which is a force that has begun impacting the natural world in ways that are challenging to grasp.
Objects employed in the work are sourced from the ubiquitous utilitarian safety equipment such traffic cones, found around hazardous or danger zones that force us to take detours. While the work, Reckoning, takes the form of traffic safety cones, which suggest warning or threat, the concrete and found animal-derived materials, from which the work is made, might give thought to mourning and memorial.
The inherent nature of the works' materials carries the complex meanings and narratives of our reckoning of human action on animals who are caught up in the effects of our warming planet.
The question in these works is: How are animals living with the world's climate extremes?