A&D’s Tracey Clement – Mapping the Drowned World
Thursday 21 September, 6-8pm
- When 22 Sep - 23 Sep 2017
Building 29, SCA, Balmain Road, Rozelle NSW 2039
Well-known Sydney artist, art critic, and UNSW Art & Design graduate, Tracey Clement, launches her fourth and final body of work which forms of her PhD thesis, Mapping the Drowned World. The exhibition is the culmination of four years of work examining the current and projected state of the planet through art.
Mapping the Drowned World continues Clement’s research into JG Ballard’s 1962 post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel, The Drowned World. What links all of Clement’s creative output and recent exhibitions, be it sculptures or detailed drawings, is the image of the ravaged metropolis, an image Ballard conjured so evocatively in his cult classic depiction of the end of the world.
The ruinous and large-scale nature of the works presented in Post Premonitionism helps ensure that Clement is able to dissect the lasting impact of human activity. She says, “As theorists are fond of pointing out, all ruins simultaneously embody both the present and the past. Meanwhile, architectural models are inherently aspirational. They embody potential, physically manifested, but not quite realised. They represent the future.”
Tracey Clement is known for creating artworks that meticulously utilise labor-intensive techniques for their conceptual resonance. She has exhibited widely, both in Australia and overseas, and her writing is published regularly in numerous art and design magazines. She is currently the online editor Art Guide magazine.