Nightshade: the Coercive Control of Weeds

Opening 10th July POSTPONED at Alternating Current Art Space, Windsor, is Nightshade, a diaristic multimedia project by Wendy Catling that investigates the complexities of domestic violence.  

Wendy Catling is an emerging artist and MA student at Photography Studies College, Melbourne. Her project Nightshade is a diaristic employment of digital photography, collected letters, video and web content presented in an installation that explores the effects of trauma caused by domestic abuse. The project is driven by excavated small details and quietly significant moments of personal history hidden in family albums and documents. Indelible blue shadows of the past emerge; concealing and revealing the ambiguities in human relationships and the photographic record.

Nightshade centres around the life of the artist’s mother and her love of gardening. The nightshade is a metaphor for the duality of her father’s attractiveness and charm in public, and his violence and coercive control in private. During their twenty-year tumultuous relationship she, or they, moved-house numerous times – the first was to escape his stalking. In every garden she battled weeds. 

Alternating Current Art Space, 

248 High St, Windsor, Vic.

Hours: Thurs & Frid 11am to 6pm, Sat & Sun 12pm – 5pm

PH (03) 9525 2459

Dates: 11th July – 1st Aug

Opening: 10th July 6-8pm

Artist talks: The artist will be present every Saturday for informal artist talks and Q&A.

Project Website:

Imgae:  Evon Avenue – Panic Veldt Grass 2020

Event starts
Thursday 20 August, 2020
Event ends
Wednesday 30 September, 2020
Alternating Current Art Space
Venue Address
248 High St, Windsor, Vic.

Melbourne ,

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