Location: Hammond Gallery
Opening 12 January 2024, 6pm
Each composition was designed as a metaphor for the artist’s interpretation of memory, and through these metaphors, the artist compels the viewers to perform introspection and develop a deeper connection by being sincere about the cracks in the wall.
The collection consists of 26 artworks in total, 13 twin paintings that are interconnected. Each piece represents a version of the artist and becomes a vessel for cultural memory and identity, stepping into a collective narrative that extends beyond the confines of time and geography. As the viewer engages with the artworks in twos—a representation of the before and after, they are motivated to explore the idea that identity is not a static concept but a dynamic force, continuously reshaped by the interplay of tradition and contemporary vision, and the artist intends to reveal both sides’ oppressive natures.
'Before After' pulls apart the notion of personal change and defines change as a form of death. Therefore, a feeling of grief and gratitude towards the memories is seen as an inevitable footstep to obtain hope and contentment.
As Michael Crichton said, 'All major changes are like death. You cannot see to the other side until you are there'.
Image: Sometimes Punishment can Become Freedom
We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.