FIVE female artists will pull down physical and metaphorical walls at Pakenham Street Art Space this month.
When US-born artist Laura Mitchell and Fremantle artist Tania Ferrier talked about having a group exhibition they weren’t sure about the subject matter. Then Donald Trump came along.
“As an American, Trump’s Mexican wall was embarrassing,” Mitchell says.
“It became a global preoccupation: a frenzy around walls and the question of the other.”
Ferrier says it was “a pin prick of an idea” that would form the basis of Destabilising Walls, a kaleidoscope of paintings, sculptures and installations.
Ferrier’s paintings explore social and gender inequality, and question whether the wall operates as a gatekeeper of inclusion and exclusion.
Sarah Robinson’s etched steel, felt and digital instillation is a nod to the building’s former use as a wool store.
“The wall is a metaphor for the dynamic between its use,” she says.
Annette Nykiel examines the rich-poor divide and the rampant consumerism that fuels it.
Mitchell’s work touches on the same theme and has cut-out figures lining the wall, bathed in projections and shadows.
“It explores the nature of hyper-consumerist desire, and its attempt to fill the lack of meaning or void in our lives,” she says.
Gale Thackery’s paintings re-evaluate gender roles in the household, and critiques the division between the painter and the painted object.
The exhibition includes a forum on creating a female artist collective – tentatively named the Women’s Perspective – hosted by artist provocateur Dr Nicola Kaye, a lecturer at Edith Cowan University.
Destabilising Walls is at the PSAS on Pakenham Street until August 31 and the forum is on Saturday (August 25) at 1pm.
by JENNY D’ANGER