A parallel universe where what comes after now is the beginning of the past. An alternate reality in which a ghostly and fractured sequence of time leads to cul de sacs where children play eternally. A ruptured linear flow of objects repeat, mutate and accumulate across vast open plateaus of white void. Where creaking growth, like hands dragged across balloons, sets a melody against the marching beat of distant footsteps. Cogs rain down as flowers fly up to meet them. The gardening, the growing – the pruning and the tuning. All just beginning, even after it is finished.
Armed with a medical scalpel and a keen eye, Lucy James harvests images from discarded and forgotten books and melds them into carefully composed hybrids of form and meaning. after the end is a series of collages that explore notions of fantasy, hybridisation and the interaction of nature and objects. Her series of works conflates the boundaries between the manufactured objects of machinery and the manipulated elements of nature. Within the domain of this amalgamated subject, James highlights the historic consequences of human participation.
Lucy James is a Melbourne based artist who holds an Honours degree in Fine Art from Monash University. She has also completed various studies in Visual Arts, Fashion, Textiles and works occasionally in illustration and design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her recent solo exhibitions includeSudden Flushes of Unconscious Material at c3 Contemporary Art Space and Platform Art Spaces, Melbourne (2011) and I shall be your canopy at Stockroom Gallery, Kyneton (2012). Her work is held in various private collections in Melbourne, Sydney, New York and the UK. after the end is her first solo exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery.
DATES: Thursday 31st May – 7th July
EXHIBITION OPENING: Wednesday 30th May, 6.30pm
LOCATION: Anna Pappas Gallery, 2-4 Carlton Street Prahran