BODY/BLOOD brings together the work of artists; Dylan Batty, Dominic Byrne, Athena Thebus and Siena White.
These artists’ assemblages create atmospheres of intimacy through the curation of their installations. Their practices involve an experimental and expansive use of materials and an exploration of the meaning embedded within them to enrich the content of their work. Between the artists lies an interest in identity, representing the self & the body’s implication within this.
The works each explore themes upon which their experience of self-representation is contingent, including personal heritage, gender, and the mediums through which self- representation takes place. The playful way in which the artists explore these ideas is cut by the weight of an underlying eeriness that exposes the complexities in exploring the body & self.
By placing these practices in conversation we hope to provide a space of contemplation on how material, text, tension & texture can create works rich & thick with feeling.
Friday 17th August 6PM
Saturday 18th August 12-5PM
Sunday 19th August 12-5PM
Monday 20th August 12-5PM
Dylan Batty is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and racing car designer living and working on occupied Darramurragal Land. Sovereignty was never ceded. Their practice is based heavily within the post Internet conceptualism, examining the Internets heavy reliance on intimacy and remediation, while also investigating the logistics of art in a wider context.
Athena Thebus’ practice spans sculpture, installation, and writing. Her practice is driven by the desire to generate atmospheres thick with past shame and queer hope. The works have an undercurrent of celestial Catholicism as influenced by her Filipino mother. Presently, her writing practice involves swimming in other people’s waters and learning what it means to be a prince subservient to queens. She is a Scorpio with a Sagittarius rising and a Capricorn moon.
Siena White is an artist, curator and teacher whose multidisciplinary practice was born from traditional foundations in drawing & sculpture. Her practice is driven by an interest in how identity and perception of self is affected by environment. Siena uses observations from her own life working as an assistant to Stockbrokers to explore the delineation between the ‘performing-self’ & identity and where these two ideas lie in relation to the self.
Dominic Byrne is a Sydney-based artist who uses both performance and studio- based models of art making to investigate the modes by which people constitute themselves and others online. Originating in video-based performance, Byrne’s practice has recently begun to encompass minimalist-inspired sculptures and wall paintings, linking online representations of desire and queerness within an aesthetic operated by its self-consciousness and physical reality.