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Earlier work was around the the idea of value, intimacy and the potency of containment. A project produced for Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, focused on very primary ornamentation to be worn against the body. The strategy here was the concentration of value (monetary, cultural, intimately personal) within a series of closed vessels in various forms. The content was alluded to or minimally exposed and the pulse of contained value was enhanced by its inaccessibility. Further from this project are two strands of work addressing containment with both historical and intimate points of reference. The first draws on the medieval reliquary and its discrete presentation of relics (or fragments) of elevated cultural significance. The reliquary like objects made for this work, borrow the format but present very rudimentary sealed boxes containing personal items and detritus belonging to the artist. The form implies a degree of value, but a value that can only be achieved by adjusted context.  The second is a collection of used soap. Objects that represent the artists body by proxy, (through direct physical association). The soap owes its form to its contact with the skin (a casual intimacy) and its simple, informal beauty to colour, light and its commonplace presence. There is an infused corporeal identity in each of these objects which makes us perhaps less comfortable in their presence.

 

 

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