GROUPING HOME | Dawn Vachon

5  JULY – 31  AUGUST 2017

GROUPING HOME

DAWN VACHON

CURATED BY SOPHIA CAI

Dawn Vachon’s ceramics practice is the result of several half-sentences and truncated thoughts, arranged together in an attempt to organise the wrinkles and the clamour into something vaguely melodious. She continually experiments with alternate ways of using common ceramic materials, whether that be glaze for mass, melting clay or otherwise. This leads to an evolving assemblage of sculptural pieces that invert traditional canons of the ceramic medium such as the relationship between inside and outside.

For her exhibition at the Dolls House Gallery, Vachon situates objects in miniature faux domestic setting.  This arrangement causes the pieces therein and the spaces between them to read as familial relationships. This work prompts the viewer to re-imagine the ambiguous cluster of objects as potential divergent dwellers. 


WINDOW SHOPPING | Tessy King

04 MAY – 30 JUNE 2017

WINDOW SHOPPING

TESSY KING

CURATED BY SOPHIA CAI

Tessy King is a Melbourne based artist working predominantly with ceramics and installation. Tessy explores the display process as a method within her practice and uses the ceramic vessel as the central object. These vessels are exaggerated and deconstructed, referencing antiquity, garden ornaments and domestic ware while bringing into question notions of value and meaning around the prosaic. Tessy builds structures for viewing these objects out of additional materials which play with the idea of display and its role in the way viewers understand objects.

The idea of the window display is central to this exhibition at the Dolls House Gallery. Sloppy ceramic vessels of varying sizes are displayed with props that notion to the process of ‘window dressing’ and shop front curation. By exposing this commonplace and accepted form of enticement the work will gently examine the place between ‘selling’ and ‘displaying’ works of art.


DREAMING OF NORWAY | Stephanie Leigh

15 MARCH – 30 APRIL 2017

DREAMING OF NORWAY

STEPHANIE LEIGH

CURATED BY SOPHIA CAI

Dreaming of Norway is an exhibition of intimate photographs by Stephanie Leigh that portray two different beds shared with her once lover in Norway. These photographs explore ideas of love, loss, affliction and desolation. Together, the two works indicate a void space and emptiness in relation to people, or lack thereof. Their depiction highlights the manner by which they have in themselves become a ‘non-item’, useless in their intended function and suffering from loss.

Stephanie Leigh is a Melbourne based artist. Working with painting, sculpture and installation, Leigh’s work draws on tropes of the historical and modernist canon such as the reclining pose, ideas about beauty, the naked fetish and cultural and political oppression to renegotiate female objectification. For her exhibition at The Dolls House, Leigh is focusing on the personal intimacies of relationships, heartbreak and loss.