Date: Monday 24 July to Sunday 6 August 2017
The Good Shepherd Chapel has awarded two fine arts graduates from Monash University exhibition space in the Chapel Gallery. Move Towards the Light, a mixed media exhibition, explores concepts of space and matter in the context of a spiritual site.
Low lighting and shadow transforms spaces into those which are neither here nor there: transitional spaces, the place in-between worlds. Constructed around the tomb that lies within the exhibition space, this installation seeks to pose questions about the spirit, interior and exterior and abstract states of being: life and the place after death. Capturing something of the indescribable and the unrepresentable, the feeling of unknowing permeates the core of this work, allowing objects to transcend their materiality and become more than their physical form. In contemplation and reverence, we are invited to ponder transitions, and the space between all that which seems definitive.
Charlotte Ward, 24, and Jess Pickering, 22, were selected for the Good Shepherd Chapel Award for Socially Engaged Art based on work they showcased in the Monash Art Design and Architecture’s Graduate Exhibition in 2016. They seek to construct an evocative atmosphere in the Chapel Gallery through spatial intervention, light-play and gentle movement.
“The spiritual and religious elements of the Chapel Gallery make it a perfect space for exploring the body and spirit. It’s a unique space, not only because of its different levels and shapes, but because it’s underground and hidden away. It has a secret and mysterious atmosphere. Ideas transform through materials, concepts emerge through context. A crypt resting underneath a chapel, death beside reverence, move towards the light."
About the artists
Jess Pickering is a multi-disciplinary artist concerned with ideas of scale and relativity. Most recently, she has worked with video microscopy and sculptural installation with a focus on hot blown and cast glass. Jess’ work exposes hidden connections by intertwining subjects such as the internal body and corpse, or the cosmos and the microscopic. She presents the vastness and beauty of the alien worlds she explores, with a focus on gentle dynamics: the perpetual motion of the universe. “The solar system and the relationship between elements of different scale is a common theme in my work. I like to explore environments and experiences that make you feel awe.”
Guided by an interest in lighting and spatial manipulation, Charlotte Ward’s work explores the behavioural changes of humans within public spaces. She works through a process of layering mediums to accomplish her final work. Most recently, her work has focused on the dynamic between the individual and the city. “I’ve been particularly interested in the cityscape, and how artificial lighting in the city landscape directs pedestrians’ movement throughout a space.”