CAELLI JO BROOKER
Lost in Translation: the materialisation of the mark in the digital age.
PhD EXHIBITION DATES 1-22 FEBRUARY 2014
THE UNIVERSITY GALLERY
Please join the artist for the opening SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY FROM 2PM.
Lost in Translation, forms the exhibition component of Caelli Jo Brooker’s Doctor of Philosophy (Fine Art) thesis. This creative work for examination draws on individual experience in the fields of art and design, and extends an ongoing investigation into the abstract gestural mark.
Inspired by an instance of slippage between the analogue and digital, this practice-led research navigates multiple binary oppositions shared by art and design. These binaries are translated through the material experience of mark-making as both subject matter and methodology.
Thematically, the generative potential of difference and repetition is manifested in the cave/mound shapes appearing throughout the work. These symbolic forms provide a recurring visual motif, an image embodying contrasting simultaneous interpretations. To this end, the creative work for the exhibition involves distinct, but interwoven streams of material investigation and association across drawing, design, printmaking, painting, sculpture and artists’ books.
The work also engages the playful in examining the philosophical. Multiple visual and conceptual themes appear as the repeating shapes of rhizomes, caves, tunnels, towers and mounds, are abstracted, explored and described in scribbles, knots and spots throughout the work. Line, colour and shape combine; expanding and contrasting in shifting compositions within the work for exhibition.
In exploring these multiple themes and concepts, Lost in Translation presents a personal response to the question of how mark-making might materialise in light of the potentialities of the digital creative landscape.