Her Moving Presence - group exhibition

Kath Fries, Handheld – melting, 2015-2016, ice and video projection, 24x12x36cm

Her Moving Presence is an exhibition of moving image work by twelve female artists, navigating both implied and actual presence through the mediums of video, projection, interactivity and screen based performance. The works presented are reflections of the body as presence, not solely the view of female presence in front of the camera, as the viewed being – but rather, female presence behind the camera, as the viewer/creator. Her Moving Presence explores the negotiation of the feminine self through time, space and objects. The reading of this visible and invisible presence allows the construct of an internal dialogue that affirms the understanding of our many selves. The self is determined internally: therefore the conclusion of feminine identity is never specific or absolute. These curatorial themes are echoed in the possibilities inherent in the moving image medium. A medium dependent on light and constantly in flux, it is itself defined by both the visible and invisible, and the passage of time. Mediating, and indeed defining, the notion of ‘self’ through screen based mediums is almost a ubiquitous part of being visible in the world of a technology driven society. This exhibition looks at the multifarious ways that this manifests from a feminine perspective – from the personal to the political, from gender to cultural issues, from trace to technology.

Kath Fries, Handheld – melting, 2015-2016, ice and video projection, detail view

My work in Her Moving Presence is a video of icicles projected through a melting frame of ice. This installation has developed from my residency in Finland last February, now exactly a year later, Sydney's hot humid summer February climate starkly contrasts the frozen mid-winter of February in Finland. When I arrived at my residency everything was blanketed in snow - a timeless magical winter wonderland. Yet the following week it all changed dramatically with the first early thaw of the season. Handheld – melting intimately recalls that day, how I held an icicle between my un-gloved thumb and index fingers, feeling it melt quickly within my grasp. Freezing water ran down my hand as my fingertips soon met in the middle and the icicle fell and shattered on the ground. Handheld – melting evokes that sensation of time slipping away and our inability to grasp transience. Emotionally and physically feeling entangled within existence’s continuous flux and flow, watching a lingering cluster of icicles drip innocuously from a drainpipe into the ground, catching the colours of the sunset. more info

Her Moving Presence

Her Moving Presence
5 February – 20 February 2016
AirSpace Projects
10 Junction St, Marrickville NSW 2204

Opening night: Friday 5 February 6-8pm
Gallery hours: Thursday to Saturday 11am-5pm

Artists: Ella Condon, Fiona Davies, Kath Fries, Sylvia Griffin, Yvette Hamilton, Melissa Howe, Danica Knezevic, Vivienne Linsley, Sarah Breen Lovett, Sara Morawetz, Katy Plummer, and Tamara Voninski. Curators: Yvette Hamilton and Danica Knezevic.