Sighting Memory

Rhonda Pryor, Sepideh Farzam
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
August
   
17
 -  
August
   
28
Contemplations on the experience of memory, empathy and the formation of identity.

INFORMATION

Statement:

As two artists sharing similar concerns and employing similar materials this joint exhibition of new work, using textile and installation, touches on memory, emotion, place and transition. The works reflect each artist’s contemplation of the experience of memory, empathy and the formation of identity.

Pryor’s practice is concerned with memory and its functions within the culturally anthropological spaces of textile, object and place. She is particularly interested in history, emotion and imperfection, working across textile, photography and installation. This collection of work represents a kind of portraiture: referencing traditional painting but infusing meaning through the use of reclaimed textiles that echo people and relationships embedded in memory.

Farzam’s work also focuses on memory, and importantly, on identity: what it means to be female is at the heart of her creative practice. Her work has incorporated textile, her own worn clothing and found objects in a symbolic gesture to distant memories and the passing of time. The transformation of thought and the body is integral to how she uses these elements to traverse emotion, gender identity and the body.

Bio:

Rhonda Pryor and Sepideh Farzam each hold several fine arts degrees, and met while studying at Sydney College of the Arts. Sharing a love of textiles, they work across various media, including installation, photography, sculpture and painting. In previous lives they were completely and utterly occupied in fashion and textiles, and electronic engineering, before coming to their senses and pursuing the visual arts. Pryor has exhibited in NSW and Victoria, while Farzam has exhibited in Australia and internationally.

Statement:

As two artists sharing similar concerns and employing similar materials this joint exhibition of new work, using textile and installation, touches on memory, emotion, place and transition. The works reflect each artist’s contemplation of the experience of memory, empathy and the formation of identity.

Pryor’s practice is concerned with memory and its functions within the culturally anthropological spaces of textile, object and place. She is particularly interested in history, emotion and imperfection, working across textile, photography and installation. This collection of work represents a kind of portraiture: referencing traditional painting but infusing meaning through the use of reclaimed textiles that echo people and relationships embedded in memory.

Farzam’s work also focuses on memory, and importantly, on identity: what it means to be female is at the heart of her creative practice. Her work has incorporated textile, her own worn clothing and found objects in a symbolic gesture to distant memories and the passing of time. The transformation of thought and the body is integral to how she uses these elements to traverse emotion, gender identity and the body.

Bio:

Rhonda Pryor and Sepideh Farzam each hold several fine arts degrees, and met while studying at Sydney College of the Arts. Sharing a love of textiles, they work across various media, including installation, photography, sculpture and painting. In previous lives they were completely and utterly occupied in fashion and textiles, and electronic engineering, before coming to their senses and pursuing the visual arts. Pryor has exhibited in NSW and Victoria, while Farzam has exhibited in Australia and internationally.

FEATURED  WORKS

Don’t Leave Me Alone (detail), 2017, Fabric, pullover, thread, 139 x 48 cm

Coat Strings (detail), 2017, Belgian linen, reclaimed  fabrics, linen thread, 41 x 31 cm

Don’t Leave Me Alone (detail), 2017, Fabric, pullover, thread, 139 x 48 cm

Armchair Critic (detail), 2017, Belgian linen, reclaimed  fabrics, silk & mohair yarn, thread, 41 x 31 cm

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