VIEW2021

Kayla Adams, Bridget Baskerville,

April Davis, Sofia Dimarhos,

Alex Flannery,  Claire Fletcher,

Tessa Ivison, David Lindesay,

Adanna Obinna, Janhavi Salvi

and Jordan Stokes

Janhavi Salvi - Mary had a Little Lamb

Janhavi Salvi is a Canberra-based photo-media artist with a particular interest in pushing the established boundaries of the medium and creating experiences that change viewers into participators. She is currently completing a Masters of Contemporary Practices in Art and Design at the Australian National University. 

 

Taking the form of an interactive, three-dimensional digital interface, Salvi’s Mary had a Little Lamb explores the processes through which humans turned sheep from wild beings into domesticated animals tailored to our needs and desires.

Tessa Ivison - The Uncommon Road

Tessa Ivison is a contemporary artist based near Yass, NSW. She enjoys exploring experimental photography, working across techniques from camera-less or pinhole photography to new digital processes. Ivison has exhibited previously with PhotoAccess and the Gallery of Small Things.

Inspired by Cubism, for The Uncommon Road Ivison captured a series of landscape images on her rural property. She worked with a digital camera with a body cap with three pinholes, creating works that each incorporate three perspectives of the same scene. With minimal digital processing, the images show that there is never one way to see the world.

Kayla Adams - Woden house

Kayla Adams grew up in Canberra, and first took up film photography as an escape from a school wood-shop class. She has now been photographing Canberra’s urban landscape and, more broadly, Australia’s, for over ten years. Adams briefly attended the ANU School of Art, has exhibited previously with PhotoAccess and was published in PhotoAccess’ 2013 publication, 100 Views of Canberra.

Adams’ Woden House series developed initially as the artist documented her expanding world in the period after she left school. Through this exercise, Adams slowly built an interest in the urban form of the city 

and, eventually, a desire to locate places from which she could capture scenes emphasising sightlines and symmetry.

Jordan Stokes - Burrinjuck Dam

Jordan Stokes is a Canberra-based artist working with photographic media. He has exhibited in numerous art prizes and held several solo exhibitions. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales and Master in Media Arts and Production at the University of Technology, Sydney.

 

Stokes captured Burrinjuck Dam shrouded in smoke during the widespread bushfire emergency of 2019- 20, now known as the Black Summer. Many years of drought had depleted the dam’s lake, revealing a landscape under stress and in transition due to global climate change.

Alex Flannery - Regional NSW

Alex Flannery is a Canberra-based photographer who uses analogue cameras and a smartphone to capture the landscape and its people. He draws inspiration from life around him and a range of writers, including Alice Oswald, JRR Tolkien, Jorge Luis Borges, Emily Bronte and Henry Thoreau.

Flannery grew up near Cowra in central west New South Wales, and his practice focuses on documenting the people, landscapes and animals of the area. He believes that both the places of the region and the people who live in them are not only unique, but also profoundly shape each other. 

Bridget Baskerville - Art is the Void

Bridget Baskerville is an emerging artist currently working between Canberra and Kandos, NSW. She is studying a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Australian National University School of Art and Design, majoring in Printmedia and Drawing. She practices as a printmaker, as well as working across photography, bookmaking and textile art.

 

Baskerville’s Art is the Void presents a portrait of the artist’s home town of Kandos in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. Baskerville developed the work during 2020, when her university suspended in-person classes due to COVID-19 and she moved back to live with her family. While Baskerville stayed in Kandos, her grandmother’s house was sold (following her grandmother’s passing), prompting Baskerville to reminisce about the stories her Nan used to tell.

April Davis - Pandemic

April Davis is an Australian photographer whose work revolves around the mental, physical and emotional attachment one has to the body, land and objects. In 2020 she completed an Honours year in a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Australian National University, majoring in Photomedia. Davis was a PhotoAccess Emerging Artists Support Scheme Artist-in-Residence in 2020, and the recipient the same year of the Canberra Museum and Gallery Ramp Showcase Exhibition Award. 

When COVID-19 arrived, Davis chose to stay with her grandmother in order to ensure she remained isolated at home and had what she needed on a day-to-day basis. Inside the house, Davis sought to maintain distance from her grandmother to reduce any chance of transmission.

Claire Fletcher - I am my Mother's Daughter

Canberra born and raised, Claire Fletcher takes a multi-disciplinary approach to art-making, using analogue photography, printmaking, painting and weaving. Fletcher is currently studying at the Australian National University, undertaking a Bachelor of Visual Arts with a major in Printmedia. Her practice centres on the propriety of memory, emotional experience, the cyclic passage of time and the ambiguity of language.

As the title suggests, Fletcher’s I am my Mother’s Daughter explores the complex relationship between the artist and her mother. More broadly, the work considers ‘nature vs nurture’ and Fletcher’s internal conflict about the inescapable power of genetic predisposition and the inherent beauty of growing into a familial legacy.

Adanna Obinna - Melanin Afrodite

Nigerian born, Adanna Obinna is a Canberra-based artist whose practice encompasses photography, illustration and music. She is a freelance portrait photographer, and VIEW2021 is her first exhibition.

In Melanin Afrodite, Obinna presents a series of portraits of her friend Julia, a Sudanese model and ex-refugee, now settled in Australia. In these works, she aims to document the beauty of a woman of a colour, addressing the absence of black Australians from public representation and celebrating Julia’s presence in Australia.

Sofia Dimarhos - Physique (terrain)

Sofia Dimarhos is an Australian artist who works in photography and design. Her artistic practice explores the conceptual process of abstraction, focusing on the celebration of form, personal memories and the perception of reality. She utilises a range of media from analogue and digital photography to video and sculpture. Sofia has completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Photomedia in 2020, and will complete her Bachelor of Design in 2021, both from the Australian National University School of Art and Design.

 

Dimarhos’ Physique series is an exploration and celebration of form, using the human body as its raw material. Printed photographs of fragments of the body are immersed in water and the resulting malleable sheets then morphed into intriguing and intimate sculptural forms. While the water is not evident in the final artwork, it remains as a metaphor for fluidity and transformation.

David Lindesay - Looking Back at You

David Lindesay is an Australian photographer and visual artist, currently working with the body and engaging in documentary story telling. He graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in Photomedia, in 2018 and has exhibited at PhotoAccess, M16 Artspace and Gallery of Small Things in Canberra, as well as Brunswick Street Gallery and BlackCat Gallery in Melbourne. 

Lindesay describes his work as an ‘accompanied self-portrait’, in which the artist, the model, the camera and their mirrored reflection all actively occupy the visual space. Imperfections on the surface of the mirror, detectable on the final image, declare its presence within the frame. Looking Back at You is an intimate, softly lit and elegantly arranged work that turns the artist’s queer gaze on moments of physical closeness and emotional connection.