Cate Consandine: Her/e
Cate Consandine: Here/e comprised a series of three bronze sculptural works presented alongside a major video work, A Woman of the Future, 2016. Located somewhere between here and her, Here/e continued Consandine's investigation of the body and its relation to various states or conditions; both interior, such as desire and anxiety, and external, such as landscape or the built environment. Precarious, ungrounded and deeply vulnerable, Consandine's figurative sculptures have been severed from their context and tuned to a still point. Adjusting, balancing, they exist on the threshold of a tense zone, straining to fix a position within an equivocal site. Cut off from place of origin these forms seem so strangely configured, perverse even.
In Consandine's video A Woman of the Future, presented in the gallery salon, the artist's camera follows a woman as she walks through the otherworldly landscape of the Painted Desert in South Australia. As the film continues, she appears increasingly anxious; an effect, in part, of the desolate landscape in which she is contained, although it soon becomes clear she is being followed by someone other than the artist. The work explores the landscape of a woman as oscillating between states of potency, presence, desire, disarticulation, and a science fiction.