Lucy Bevin ~ Liz Clifford ~ Rups Cregeen ~ Mofe Demuren ~ Noelle Genevier ~Robyn Jacobs ~ Michael Kelly ~ Li An Lee ~ Kate Madden ~ Catherine McCaw-Aldworth ~ Nano Hour ~ Dana Phillips ~ Zihao Wang ~ Stef Will ~ Dean Wright
“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled”. (John Berger)
Is anything the same? Our lives have been disrupted, our routines and our very “ways of seeing" have all changed; in short, our usual focus has been unsettled. Nonetheless, the realities that faced us before, continue and endure - but something tells us that perhaps we need to look at things differently. We do not need to look very far, just beneath the surface, on the other side of the door, behind the slogan, within the wreckage, under the water, beneath the skin or even through the looking glass. We need some sort of revaluation. Care and control have become central issues in our lives. This fast changing and unpredictable environment presents important questions around how we currently experience being human.
Against these actively destabilising events, against the here-and-now of our lives, Unsettled Focus reflects upon the experiences of our being-in-the-world. It reflects a synthesis of the existential and the imaginary, of the fact that we are physically grounded yet lost in thought, filled with life yet bound to die, looking back and looking forward.
The work itself spans mixed media, installation, film, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, collage and animation. Unsettled Focus can be seen through a series of contextual lenses including, future geology and the Anthropocene, our relationship with the machine and technological entanglements, place, the body and the home,
the skin and its boundaries, soft dystopia and how we care.
Through their work the artists challenge the complexities of how we see and feel in a time of shifting social and cultural norms. This show brings together the diverse work of the MA Fine Art community, to promote their collective and individual creative practices and to benefit from the experience of curating their work. We hope to build a network forging links with other arts organisations, curators, commentators and artists, and to gain momentum for the artists at the beginning and at various stages of their careers.