K A R Y N N E L E D G E R - R I T A B I L A
OPENING NIGHT THURSDAY 5th July 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates 5th - 15th July
Open Friday - Sunday 1pm - 4pm
TABULA RASA: FOOD PLAY
In their exhibition artists Rita Bila and Karynne Ledger clean the exhibition slate and bring food to the table/exhibition plinth, to reframe our use of food, and to raise awareness of our preconceptions around it.
In literally playing with their food, their installation reinterprets our experience around what we eat and connects us to everyday life, memory, conscious and the subconscious and to wider issues. Using food as a signifier, and as a material, both artists challenge expectation and focus on personal memory, traditions, renewability and care.
Their explorations combine installation and sculpture made of food. They make use of electronics, organic and edible material. Karynne’s electronic table setting for instance, raises awareness about the food we eat. It creates a feeling of inclusiveness and alienation. The viewer is challenged to question these traditions; where do these settings come from; are food eating traditions important and should we continue them; who has the right to change them; how responsible are we for our food choices?
Rita explores temporal, yet durable organic sculptural forms and works with the idea of personal and environmental damage and presence. “My sculptures are edible and fragile. Making them slows down time to address the issue of personal care, a political gesture. We are torn between nurturing and the outer world; sometimes manifest through aspiration, ambition, duty, and obligation. Through repetitive motion and concentration, I increase attentiveness to the moment. The preparation of food is like this and is the same as making the art. I’m connecting with personal stories and memories. My objects contain that memory and the act of re-remembering. Is there a difference between preparing food and making art? I think not.”
Rita explores temporal, yet durable organic sculptural forms and works with the idea of personal and environmental damage and presence.
Artist Talk Elizabeth Rankin
Image "For Kristen"
ARTIST TALK: 2pm Saturday 23June
220 Creative Space and Gallery
Level 1, 220 William Street, Sydney, Australia, 2011