The conversations and physical exchanges between two artists see information, space, materials and ideas to be literally and metaphorically ‘Puckered’. Embracing a trust in what can evolve from spontaneity, both artists gather fragments of their own practices to collaboratively form new works that use the body and material to explore themes of collecting and constricting trace and touch. Through this an archive of gestures will emerge and at once question what it means to gather/contract/fold. Working with (and against) one another, Anna McDermott and Kaitlyn Hickey investigate the intimate and uncomfortable action that is to ‘Pucker’.
Image: ‘Scrunchie’, Anna McDermott & Kaitlyn Hickey, 2018, digital video still
Anna McDermott is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Melbourne. She completed a BFA (Honours) at RMIT University in 2016 and was an Artist in Residence at Takt AIR Berlin, Germany in 2017. Her work has formed as an ongoing inquiry into what it means to exist within the context of the human body; in its every motion and gesture through time. Through performative photography, video and sculptural installation her practice explores our malleability as subjects in the world; highlighting the ephemeral and fleeting nature of one’s phenomenological experience.
Kaitlyn Hickey is an artist living and working in Melbourne. Her practice is concerned with an ongoing personal archive, fluid in both structure and outcome. She is interested in how textile matter functions as a document of time, movement and learning. Her work also investigates sewing and installation as private performative acts, and how much of these performances trickle over into being public. Her practice looks at the way textile knowledge is often acquired and translated through making and generational gesture.