GET US OUT OF HERE
TOBIAS RICHARDSON & HAYLEY WEST
Everyday holds ambition, a type of survival in content. The works here by Hayley and Tobias reflect and merge the artists’ current lives. Time and place, two old chestnuts, spill out their realities. Strategies of travel, a longing to travel, children, death, and love, are the backdrops bringing together these works. The child’s mark seeps through, the baggage of death, and reconciliation with the past just shy of now.
Ten days or so ago I returned from 46 days travel in Ethiopia, where I had gone to fore fill a life long dream to visit Ethiopia and to find space to make work. A 100-page travel log, or sketchbook, documents the everyday sites and interactions. As an artist I draw to know where I am, to concentrate and to become an element in a passing environment. Reoccurring themes link to past travels, history, home and art; like museums, death, places of worship, school and signage. Children became inherent in the art, the three What I think Ethiopia will look like are all overworked paintings by our two-year-old daughter Ramona, a regular feature and studio contributor.
I spent most of my 46 days wrapping toys in blankets and slowly going crazy. The transition from Darwin to the Blue Mountains has been quite difficult; the relocation has proven to be a huge bump in my life. The work in this show is a combination of work produced during Tobias’s time away, and older work referencing my research into the vestigial, dealing with what is left behind when loved ones leave us.