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We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

The Unfixed

Laura Woodward

Front Gallery
26 Oct 2019–16 Nov 2019
Opening 6pm Friday October 25th

I spent December 2017 at a residency centre in rural Finland. In this deep winter, the muted sun appeared low on the horizon for only a few hours each day. Dawn and dusk were long, drawn-out, unassuming affairs.

In the early months of pregnancy, I felt unwell for much of the residency. I found myself sitting for long, dark hours, drawing. Slow, soft strokes appeared on the page. Strange forms emerged, imagined spaces that unfurled in front of me – a small body of work that marked the time and the darkness, drawing out unexpected, inaccessible, previously unseen spaces. As they emerged I envisaged that they would, eventually, metamorphose into something other – perhaps animations, or immersive installations, or maybe large drawings. 

The Unfixed seeks to capture the uncertainty of these small drawings and the unfixedness of the imagined spaces within them, taking a gentle approach as they develop softly into the next stage of their coming-into-being.

Image: Laura Woodward, 2017, Nest, graphite on paper, 29cm x 42cm

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  • Laura Woodward has exhibited sculptural, kinetic installations for over ten years. She creates looped systems embodied in these installations, as well as drawings and animations. The systems, often powered by water, develop through the relationships between materials, movement, time and the artist’s hands, with the system's inherent logic driving its emergence. Woodward's work has been nationally recognised through prizes, grants, public commissions, solo exhibitions and significant group exhibitions. She received Australia Council New Work Grants in 2010, 2013 and 2014, won the Agendo Prize for Emerging Artists in 2009, and won a Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship in 2007. Solo exhibitions include Ararat Regional Gallery, 2015, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2013, and Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2010. Curated group exhibitions include Prime Movers, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds in 2017, Calling Percy at the Ian Potter Museum as part of the Melbourne International Festival in 2016, Composing Common Worlds, curated by Dr Kent Wilson, Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne, and the McClelland Sculpture Award, Langwarrin, Melbourne, in both 2007 and 2010. Woodward’s large-scale public works include the major commission Voices at Craigieburn Central in 2014, and Murmur at Docklands in 2017.