Genevieve Swifte, Self Portrait, 2019, pencil on crushed Gampi, 60 x 21 cm

Gallery 2: Genevieve Swifte

Blister

5 nov. 2021 — 8 jan. 2022

Genevieve Swifte is a Canberra based contemporary artist working between drawing, photography and video. Exhibiting in Gallery 2, Swifte presents her new series of works ‘Blister’.

‘Blister’ began as a series of portraits, self-portraits and still-life pictures that form a diaristic or documentary narrative of trauma and intimacy.

The drawings are predominantly made with pencil on weightless and often damaged Japanese papers. Drapery, anatomical studies and geometric abstractions are informed by art historical references, Renaissance to Bauhaus; self-portraits explore my Dutch heritage to masquerade as vanitas pictures; seashells trace intricate lines between taxonomy, colonialism and my connection with the Australian landscape. Crushed and torn to various dimensions, these papers seem to resist my pencil and the sinuous, tensile and abrasive processes of drawing become manifestations of raw cognition. The hand reaches for a tool, light traverses the optic nerve, the body navigates between vision and space.

Genevieve Swifte, Self Portrait, 2019, pencil on crushed Gampi, 60 x 21 cm

Gallery 2: Genevieve Swifte

Blister

5 nov. 2021 — 8 jan. 2022

Genevieve Swifte is a Canberra based contemporary artist working between drawing, photography and video. Exhibiting in Gallery 2, Swifte presents her new series of works ‘Blister’.

‘Blister’ began as a series of portraits, self-portraits and still-life pictures that form a diaristic or documentary narrative of trauma and intimacy.

The drawings are predominantly made with pencil on weightless and often damaged Japanese papers. Drapery, anatomical studies and geometric abstractions are informed by art historical references, Renaissance to Bauhaus; self-portraits explore my Dutch heritage to masquerade as vanitas pictures; seashells trace intricate lines between taxonomy, colonialism and my connection with the Australian landscape. Crushed and torn to various dimensions, these papers seem to resist my pencil and the sinuous, tensile and abrasive processes of drawing become manifestations of raw cognition. The hand reaches for a tool, light traverses the optic nerve, the body navigates between vision and space.