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Lyndal
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DRESS CODE LAYED BARE

Dress Code is an interactive work that revolves around the exchange of intimate information. The series explores how pattern – as an attribute of surface – codes, manipulates and intervenes with personal information and intentions.

Family and friends were asked to think about their own personal packaging – their projected public appearance and submit photographic self portraits. They were given some guiding ‘rules’, and were able to interpret the brief in several ways: how they would like to appear, how they think they appear, or how they think others view them.

Reactions varied wildly. One friend decided to send me a portrait wearing nothing but a handyman’s tool belt, while others found the project far too personal to take part in at all. Some sent me their take on all three views,  while others asked me what I thought they should be wearing and argued about the rules! The way people dealt with the brief and the specific instructions ended up being just as revealing as the images supplied.

So, after bravely surrendering photos of their outfits with a corresponding object, I proceeded to reinterpret and standardize them into packaging – effectively turning them into a slick patterned surface. Exhibited as large format packages – resembling point of sale advertisements – their representations mingled with gallery visitors.

After the opening night, my sister (who took part in the project, but couldn’t be there in person) wanted to know if she had enjoyed herself! I saw this interaction as breathing life back into surface. Each participant also received a digital print of their own abstraction and a personal lolly package to complete the exchange.

Dress Code has been exhibited in Inkwell (Tap Gallery 2008), The Dean’s List (Verge Gallery 2009) and made it into the 2010 MCAP as a finalist.

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NO JUNK MAIL – MCAP FINALIST 2008

Beyond excited to have my work No Junk Mail exhibited in The Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize (MCAP) this year. The series of 30 cards is the result of documenting the seemingly mundane contents of my mail box every day for 30 days.

Every afternoon I faithfully photographed both the shapes of the mail within my letterbox as I found them, along with the textures of each stack. I then used a design program to create outlines from the abstract shapes and place the mail textures within each shape, before printing out a colour photocopy using a very specific kind of toner. This was all in order to transfer the digital collages onto beautiful textured card by hand.

The transfer process involved some fairly noxious acetone and a lot of elbow grease as each copy was drenched with the chemical and burnished within an inch of its life! The final images have a delicacy and incompleteness about them belying their labour intensive process. The cards seem a world away from their lowly junk mail origins as loud, brash, irritating commercialised qualities dissolve into an elevated ethereal aesthetic.

On display until 28 September at ATVP, Newtown.