With two divergent styles, but shared influences, Woodward and Edmunds take inspiration from the traditions of minimalism and the Light and Space movement of the 60’s and 70’s—using colour, surface and industrial materials or processes to create their sensory works and installations to tease and attract the eye’s attention. Behind this play with the senses, lies an exploration of one’s position in the world, how we see ourselves in it, what attracts us and what enables visibility.
Amy Petra Woodward – Woodward’s practice centers on the concepts of display and spectatorship. For this exhibition she presents a set of works on reflective fabric. This fabric is coated in retro-reflective glass microspheres - developed in industry for its capacity to heighten visibility and awareness. These works play with the demands on our attention and how images and objects capture our gaze. This moment of linked attraction and confrontation motivates much of her work, recurring in the printed images she selects.
Diana Edmunds – Edmunds engages in, processes, and interprets a space when creating an installation, looking for a counterpoint to the architectural language which will interact with and complement its surroundings. She pays particular attention to the light, manipulating it to subtly alter the experience of a space, often employing the drama of colour for this purpose. Light is a performer, from the motion of delicately spun fibre optics, reflective playful surfaces, to the hard-edged trace of abstract neon lighting. For Edmunds light is symbolic in its associations with knowledge, darkness with the unknown. This symbolism inspires much of her work.