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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people.


Christina May Carey

02 December 2021–18 December 2021

Hypnagogia refers to a sensation of slipping in and out of control of the body, this can occur between wakefulness and sleep or can be induced through meditative breathing. It denotes an alignment or misalignment between the consciousness and the body. Hypnagogia can cause formations of strange imagery to appear whilst the eyes are closed, but it requires a particular balance of both concentration and relinquishment of control of the mind’s consciousness to achieve such an outcome. 

This is an experience I have become increasingly aware of in my process of moderating anxiety through daily breathing exercises. The videos presented in this exhibition reference a selection of images that I have conjured inadvertently whilst in the hypnagogic state. Operating on asynchronous loops the works arouse a sense that opposing elements that are trying to ‘catch’ one another. Hypnagogia is a response to a contemporary feeling of disequilibrium, as boundaries between work and leisure are dissolving, in a world navigated through screens.

Catalogue Essay by Lisa Radford

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  • Christina May Carey lives and works in Naarm/Melbourne and is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2015 she completed a Foundation in Art and Design Central Saint Martins, London. Carey has participated in shows at the VCA Art Space, George Paton Gallery and forthcoming at Science Gallery Melbourne. In 2019 she was commissioned by The University of Melbourne to contribute work for the 757 Art Project, and in 2020 she was awarded the Majlis Travelling Scholarship.