Face Value 2017 at Visual Bulk, Hobart
This series draws on perception phenomena and procrastination to meditate on fear of failure.
‘Pareidolia’ is the a psychological phenomena whereby the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none exists. Pareidolia often occurs in the context of religious preoccupation, seeing faces of biblical figures in stimulus such as clouds, wood, and food.
Struggling to make new work, compulsively saw faces around the studio, in discarded materials I had absent-mindedly manipulated – chewing gum, clay, Blu-Tack. They became my subjects, strange companions and tiny idols, pathetic yet optimistic talismans.
These playful monuments to meaning-making are deliberately un-monumental in their scale or posture (some leaning against walls) and their veneration of disposable and low-fi materials.
Come in, slump down, return their gaze. Waste some time. There might be something valuable here?
Images courtesy Lucy Parakhina