A Heartbeat Away and The Pressings

Art Life , Exhibitions Jun 08, 2012 No Comments

From Sharne Wolff

Pat Brassington has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over two decades and her work is held in galleries throughout Australia. To view Brassington’s work is to enter the unknown. A Heartbeat Away is an installation of 18 pigment prints commissioned for the 2012 Adelaide Biennial Parallel Collisions earlier this year and now having it’s first outing in Sydney. The curators essay on this work says that it ‘encapsulated a strangeness that is both dream-like and subversive’. The prints are hung together on one wall of the gallery begging the viewer to enter the surreal world of the subjects.

The Pressings is a series of photomedia works made by the Tasmanian artist during 2011. Each pigment print appears as a double image as if taken from the pages of a book. They sometimes form an unlikely pair and invite questions about their relationship to one another. Images are created using digital collage – elements of body parts, flowers, fabric and animals are layered and juxtaposed against one another while colour, usually reds and pinks, is used sparingly. Brassington has admitted she’s attracted to the enigmatic. She’s also interested in Freudian and psychoanalytic theories and this becomes evident when these pictures begin to disclose their secrets. It’s all in the mind of the beholder.

Until 16 June
Stills Gallery, Paddington.
Picture courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery.

Sharne Wolff

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