Emily McIntosh & Patsy Payne at Brenda May Gallery
July 31-August 18, 2012
Brenda May Gallery
2 Danks Street
Waterloo, NSW 2017
02 9318 1122
Open hours: Tuesday-Friday 11-6, Saturday 10-6
For over 15 years Emily McIntosh has produced sculptural works that have examined the human condition through representation of biological and psychological structures, functions and activities involved in human self preservation, memory, vulnerability, transience, and resilience. This new body of work builds upon these themes with a specific focus upon relational aspects of human functioning.
This new work is an investigation into the bio-psychological systems that regulate the functioning of our internal emotional world and our interactions with the world at large. These systems operate out of conscious awareness and correct dysregulation and maintain regulation to manage our emotional equilibrium and interpersonal connectedness.
In her practice, Patsy Payne combines traditional processes of printmaking with new possibilities associated with scientific body imaging and data manipulation to create works that question being in the world. She thinks about how experiences transform us. She also considers how science and technology mediate our existence.
Here Payne has experimented with new methods of representing the human form, visualising body-shape through pattern and mark and isolating the figure. In this body of work she presents the body outline reduced to a flattened sandblasted plane or a web of patterned interlacing. The transparency of the glass challenges ideas of gravity, materiality and object-setting relations.
The thickness of the glass holds light between the sandblasted surfaces and the glitter of the sandblasted planes dissipates the certainty of the forms. The boundary between back and front (inside and outside, or here and there) is made permeable. The visual intersections made possible in the glass also suggest the multi-layered nature of knowledge and experience of place. These images suggest the possibility of parallel as well as intertwined systems, with their own intrinsic meanings in multidimensional connections.
The subjective experience of the work varies according to position, time, lighting and location.
Jess Ptak is a Master of Arts candidate in English Literature at Mercy College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. Jess lives in the Hudson Valley with her family, where she enjoys crafting handmade stationery and spending time with her husband and daughter.