Crusade of the Nautiliade by Vivienne Kelly
Vivienne Kelly draws on the natural world in her creative practice. Her photographs highlight the hidden wealth of the ocean floor and land-bound plants to create hybrid and imagined landscapes where light radiates from within the image. These works remind us of the scientific and botanical research where ancient life systems are discovered and catalogued.
The relationship between natural life and light is played out in Kelly’s photographs. Her use of light is both a constructive and symbolic tool that becomes the essence of the works. The complex luminous habitats she creates are reliant on multiple and long exposures. This allows her to move through the frame of the camera to transform familiar elements of the landscape such as creeks, mangroves and beaches to emphasise the relationships between natural species and light.
Adam Cruickshank’s creative practice interrogates the relationship between accepted ‘opposites’, formalism/functionalism, applied art/fine art, cultural history/short term gratification. This interrogation situates the work in a position of conceptual flux, a state where the hierarchies of definition become indistinct and interpretation becomes more open.
Repetition and temporality are prominent in Cruickshank’s Gratification Cables. As functional objects they have a fundamental use value but the process to construct these works enables them to exist on the convergence of design and art. The finite ‘art object’ is ignored through functionality and the mass produced ‘product’ is ignored through the creative exploration of material and process. These are artefacts that can change conceptually in a space when interacting with different surfaces and environments, oscillating between form, function and object.