THREADS Art Show: About

Work By Anita Schoepp and Amber Goodwyn
January 31st to February 5th 2007
At Galerie Espac
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Threads is a showing of new multimedia work by Amber Goodwyn and Anita Schoepp, two friends, co-workers and collaborators. Concerned with the excavation of buried parts of the individual’s identity, both artists pose searching questions and offer playful ruminations with their art practices. These two artists’ work overlaps in an exploration of portraiture and storytelling investigating identity. Anita’s work examines many people and Amber’s explores the one. In so doing, their work is linked together by difference, including the fact that Anita’s video installation is innately extroverted, due to the nature of performance, while Amber’s work is introspective.

It Started with a Simple Question is an immersive video installation by Anita Schoepp wherein twenty-one different people performed their answer to the question ‘how would you personify your sexuality?’ The installation serves to examine how we approach sexuality, whether we use to seek out sex or if it has a broader emotive influence on how we interact with ourselves, others and shared spaces.

The catalyst for Amber Goodwyn’s work is her family photographs which dictate her art practice as one of reflection upon interior life, personal mythology and self-fictionalization. Focusing on her mother Phyllis, Amber has created a series of mixed-media portraits and landscapes that reinterpret her memory of growing up in the Bahamas.

Artist Statement for Amber Goodwyn:

The catalyst for Amber Goodwyn’s work is her family photographs which dictate her art practice as one of reflection upon interior life, personal mythology and self-fictionalization. Focusing on her mother Phyllis, Amber has created a series of mixed-media portraits and landscapes that reinterpret her memory of growing up in the Bahamas.

The work included in this show is an elaboration upon themes presented in Amber’s short film Paper Nautilus (2005) and excerpts from her Video Diaries (2004-2005). These two works can be viewed on the TV in the gallery window.

Amber is also interested in storytelling, secrets and imaginings, especially as they relate to her own family and persona. The main subject of these works is her mother, Phyllis, who Amber finds indefinable due to the many fascinating aspects of this woman’s life, whose stories are not Amber’s to tell.

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