19 October to 10 November 2018
Sarah Scout Presents is delighted to announce Tai Snaith: A World of One’s Own. With a nod to Virginia Woolf’s 1929 essay ‘A Room of One’s Own’, artist Tai Snaith conducted a series of conversations with emerging and mid-career women and non-binary artists whom she admires. These relaxed, colloquial exchanges explore some of the shifts and similarities that artists face in their lives and artistic practices. Together they attempt to break down the how and why of making art. They look at physical processes and how they relate to not only outcomes, but also unconscious or non-visual parallels and needs. Notions such as self-doubt, empathy, meaning, humour, identity, motherhood and radicalism are some of the rich topics covered.
The work is part of an ongoing project commenced by the artist in 2017 and first presented as part of Unfinished Business; Perspectives on art and feminism at ACCA, and which this year sees Snaith record the sessions for a podcast while also using them as a springboard for further studio-based work; the first iteration of which is presented here at Sarah Scout Presents. The artworks in A World of One’s Own range from paintings on velvet and board to porcelain, and explore recurring motifs and visual abstractions from the collection of conversations conducted thus far with artists including: Lucreccia Quintanilla, Archie Barry, Paola Balla, Esther Stewart, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Laura Skerlj, Sanné Mestrom, Stanislava Pinchuk, Atong Atem, Meredith Turnbull, Kate Just and Megan Cope, among others.
Tai Snaith is a Melbourne-based artist, curator and writer with a broad and generous practice ranging from painting and ceramics to curating, conducting conversations and broadcasting. Tai’s work often marries the act of making with the telling of stories or connecting and creating meaning through verbal exchange and dialogue.
Tai has exhibited widely in artist run, public and commercial spaces since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002. Her work is often personal, collaborative and experimental, and her practice employs many different forms of research and materials, presented via diverse outcomes and contexts. In addition to making, a large part of her practice is involved in the discourse and community surrounding art. She hosts a regular review of visual art on Triple R fm and has worked as a producer and curator for Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne Emerging Writer’s festival. Tai has been published in Art and Australia, Architecture Australia, Un Magazine, Houses and Artlink, and has published (written and illustrated) three picture books with Thames and Hudson. She has been awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Tokyo studio residency and numerous state and federal project grants. Tai has work in the NGA works on paper collection, Artbank, Banyule City art collection and in private collections.