Exhibition opening 6–8pm Thursday 14 June
Artist Talk & closing drinks 3.30pm Sunday 24 June
Alice, Interrupted is a new series of works exploring the extreme state of vulnerability that a child is exposed to as a dependant, and the symptomatic affects that these early experiences have on the psyche. Childhood objects, prints, drawings, photographs and audiovisual installations draw on a reoccurring sensation of helplessness and the desire for transformation as escape. Reminiscent of Alice, a young figure of innocence condemned to Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, displacement, desperation and a dissipating sense of self echoes throughout the exhibition. Neither defined as a figment of the imagination nor a representation of some form of reality, Alice oscillates between pronoun, noun or proper noun––all of which lead to questions probing at an internalised traumatic neurosis.
By opening up personal experiences to the public through an iconic narrative, the exhibition gives agency and validation to intense emotional and psychological states that are often suppressed in an attempt to subscribe to normative views, resisting shame and judgement. Alice, Interrupted discovers that there is the possibility of reasserting control through externalisation, and that the work allows one to express, recognise and thereby come to terms with bodily and emotional suffering.
BROOKE LEIGH is a multi-disciplinary artist from Sydney, Australia. By investigating repressed memories and anxiety through processes of drawing, her work explores how the performative act or event can become a cathartic experience. Leigh recently completed her Master of Fine Art degree at the Sydney College of the Arts (USYD) and LUCA School of Arts (Ghent, Belgium). She has performed and exhibited in Australia, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Lithuania and the UK.
Image: Brooke Leigh, Searching (Groenevalleipark, Gent), 2015, photograph
CCAS is supported by the ACT Government and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, it's arts funding and advisory body.