Image: Ruth Eckland

Concept:

The exhibition explores what it is to lose something, someone, some direction and some sense of self. But is it so bad to be a flaneur, flaneuse, in wanderlust, in terra incognita, a nomad, a shaman, a drifter?

A fantastic array of international artists come together in one space to find lucidity in that loss. Through various retrieval methodologies the artists explore navigational strategies, emotional celibacy, memories, reinvention, survival skills and escapism. Work exhibited include film, animation, photography, installations, drawings, paintings and sculpture to keep hold of old ties, retrace steps and to experience the joy of retrieval.

The exhibition asks the audience how we find clarity and closure when the subject has ceased. It allows the artists to answer how the unforeseen is evitable not calculated or measured because ultimately our possessions may have disappeared but we are still here.


Image: Ellen Jantzen

Tom Waugh


Wellington, UK

'Squashed Box'

Archival Inkjet on plexiglass Portland Stone & white marble 
(7x 1.625 meters x 40 cm each)

A discarded Cardboard box documents the minute imprints of human use alongside traces of mass production, destined to become lost in the mountain of trash. 

The Anthropocene age is the current geological era marked by significant human impact on the Earth's geology and ecosystems. In reaction to this Tom Waugh carves hyper-realistic sculptures of trash in stone and marble. These pieces highlight modern concerns about our environment using the traditional materials and techniques of stone sculpture. In these works discarded objects document the minute imprints of human use. Bags, boxes and cans are squashed, crushed and wrinkled whilst still displaying the traces of mass production. There are echoes baroque drapery, ‘Pop Art’ and ‘Objet Trouve’but ultimately the works seeks to explore the transience of human life in stark contrast to the permanence of stone and marble.


The work seeks to find beauty in the mundane and highlights the transience of human life in stark contrast to the permanence of stone and marble.