The Surface of Language Griffith University Webb Gallery 2013
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The Surface of Language Griffith University Webb Gallery 2013

The Surface of Language seeks to embody the rubs between words and images, as well as the creation and destruction of knowledge. It informs and is informed by the work in other media, and used as its starting point a collection of stones containing a distinct line, or vein, of quartz. This ‘law of the line’, combined with the form of the stone, was used to conceive the symbolic references.

Madeleine Kelly Rock Poem
Rock Poem 2013 engraved beach stone with cross contour of quartz
Madeleine Kelly Rock Poem 2013 engraved beach stone with cross contour of quartz
Rock Poem 2013 engraved beach stone with cross contour of quartz

The surface of language rock poem 14

Smoten/broken/bloody/sea-sons/ greed/betokens/stub-born/reason
Full/fall/cat/call/worry/some/wind-wall
Scarcity/sabotage/curator/massage
To cross/to draw/to underscore
The/logic/of /an/uproar
Ideal/star/eyed/to/mark/+/blow
That/monu-meant/for/none/to/know
Now/threshing/floors/carry/his-story/too
Hands/that/tore/a-part/the/earth
Hands/that/bombed/like/terns
Awoke/an/eye/a/seed/like/egg
This/blinking/globe/embedded/red

Rock Poem - Scarcity 2013 engraved beach stone with cross contour of quartz
Rock Poem - Scarcity 2013 engraved beach stone with cross contour of quartz

The work is a creative response to philosopher Michel Foucault’s ideas about imagination:

“And in fact imagination has nothing to do with forms or formation … we might rather describe the manifestations of the imagination as de-formation … while the imagination de-forms, it never destroys”

Behind That Dusk Green Plane I 2013 acrylic on army tarpaulin 97 x 71 cm. pic Mick Richards
Exodus 2013 oil on gesso board 41 x 34cm
Truncated Shelter 2013 oil on gesso board 34 x 41cm
Gallery

Griffith University Webb Gallery

Dates

2013