Of ghosts + angels
Art Collective WA
School of Arts and Humanities
WHO, if I cried out, would hear me among the orders of Angels? *
The period we are living through is undeniably turbulent. Consider the Ukraine war, COVID-19, the climate crisis, or the daily dominance of algorithms manipulating our lives. We are experiencing rapid continual change and it is difficult to adjust or to truly understand events – at times this leads to a form of collective mental paralysis.
Art has a way of identifying lived experience and gives form to unnamed emotions. For example, the stasis of Dürer’s androgynous angel who listlessly takes in a shooting comet (Melencolia I, 1514). For the poet Rilke, every angel is terrifying as the appearance of angels means that we must endure something difficult, we must overcome spiritual obstacles.
This exhibition is a cry to break the ice. It takes time out to pause and reflect, to find solace within events and to find a moment’s peace. It embraces the creative process as a positive Human Act – through contemplation and creative work.
*Die Erste Elegie; The First Elegy, Duineser Elegien; Duino Elegy, Rainer Maria Rilke.
Exhibited at Art Collective WA, Perth from 26 November - 17 December 2022.
Exhibition curated by Paul Uhlmann.