Opening Night – The Alternative Archive: Common Ground

I’m thrilled to be taking part in Narrogin’s iteration of the Alternative Archive project! The opening night was a fantastic blur, it was great to finally see the other artists’ creations in person and get feedback from members of the community who came along to support us.

The Alternative Archive: Common Ground brings together the work of thirteen artists from the Narrogin region. Curated by Caitlin Stewart and Karen Keeley, the works celebrate the region’s historical and contemporary stories across a diverse range of mediums.

This exhibition is one of thirteen generated across regional Western Australia that address the overarching theme ‘The Alternative Archive’. Each exhibition uniquely reflects its own community and contributes to creating a contemporary visual archive of the state.

‘The Alternative Archive’ is presented by Connect to the Creative Grid, an initiative by the Regional Arts Partnership Program supported by the State government, Country Arts WA and the Australian government’s Regional Arts Fund. A survey of the state-wide exhibitions will be held at John Curtin Gallery in May 2020 and aims to increase understanding of the arts ecology, practices, and conditions of regional art making in Western Australia.

Casey Thornton delves into the family record, examining the fragility of memories kept and held both in the human mind and on photographic paper. Her attention to detail in Reminiscence: A Journey Across Oceans captures the gentle, soft personality of the sitter and manages to maintain a painterly feel despite the photo-realistic quality of the painting.
Using 3D printing, plastic and light as the medium for her installation work, Casey Thornton has explored an existing archive of photos and family history in Recollections. Taking a potentially environmentally damaging material and using it as a resource to ensure sustainability of otherwise fragile images, the photographs, no longer at the mercy of the environment and time, have been immortalised.

Caitlin Stewart and Karen Keeley
The Alternative Archive: Common Ground Curators
Narrogin, March 2019

We’ve got artist talks coming up at NEXIS (Narrogin Exhibition Space) on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of May – More info can be found on the Arts Narrogin Facebook page

In the meantime, I’m madly working towards my impending deadlines for my debut solo exhibition, which is set to open on Thursday 2nd of May! More Details

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