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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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Memorial 3

Elyse Howe

14 April 2022–07 May 2022

Memorial 3 is an iteration of my ongoing Memorial series which investigates the role of photography in constructing personal and historical narratives.

Memorial 3 takes Mt. Etna, an active volcano located in Sicily, as its subject. Mt. Etna, historically was a landmark for fishermen and sailors and has become somewhat of a cultural landmark across the seas for my family. Homer and Virgil wrote about both its fecundity and destructivity. Images of Mt.Etna proliferate carrying a fatalistic quality that comes near to the mood I experienced when developing a sense of cultural belonging through the experience of viewing family photographs and hearing stories of Sicily.

Photographic images frame human recollection and subjectivity within a temporal context, situating the viewer within the logic of a narrative history that contrasts ‘then’ and ‘now’. Using 720 still images taken from a live cam recording at Mt. Etna’s peak I try to introduce a threat to this rational logic through an ambiguity embedded in the institutional referent of the photographic landscape image. These images are projected onto an installation that resembles a worn out memorial with gaps, holes, flaccid and sagging materials and structures that obscure and reveal parts of an image. This construction aims to undermine finite interpretations and cohesive narratives, suggesting the existence of unknown and unknowable histories.

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  • Elyse Howe (b. Perth 1986), obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art at National Art School in 2018 and was awarded the Joel Corrigan Memorial Photography Award in the same year. Howe has participated in shows at 107 Gallery, Articulate Project Space, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, and Ainslie and Gorman House. The artist’s abstracted works of indeterminate spaces are concerned with the realm that exists between our collective and individual relationship with place, a precarious psychological territory where identity is formed. Intrigued by the potential of the analogue image as an object of temporality, Howe aims to disrupt the cultural and institutional narratives tied up in the nostalgia of the medium through an abstraction of final form.