Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Come along to the opening of my new show at C3 Contemporary Arts Space on Wednesday 27th October, from 6 - 8pm.

Exhibition runs 27th October - 14th November
C3 Contemporary Arts Space
Gallery 1
The Abbotsford Convent
1 St Helliers Street
Abbotsford, Victoria
Lisa Engelhardt

Forme explores the relationship between: organism and artefact.

Inspired by Jean Baudrillard's iconic text: Simulacra and Simulation (1981), a theory central to the post modern assertion that we are living in a hyperreality - a composition of many references with no single reference. Baudrillard wrote that our desire for "simulation" (reproducibility) had replaced our need for a real referent. According to Baudrillard's philosophy, there are four stages of reproduction. The first being: a basic copy of the real, the second a subversion of the real, the third a fabrication of the real. Whilst at the conclusion of the fourth stage of reproduction, Baudrillard suggests Simulacrum is not a reproduction of the real, but rather "bears no relation to any reality whatsoever." It has in effect become a truth in its own right.

Using the origins of the botanic, nature's most proud 'original' moment, as a thematic starting point - Forme uses the design element of a pattern repeat to subvert our concept of the original by replacing it with a reproduction. Creating an image that sees the original as a continuing repeat of never ending reproducibility. Referring to both nature's inherent ability to reproduce in a biological sense, and man's desire to reproduce in a synthetic sense - the origin versus the artifice.

Using elements of hand drawing, to reference the primitive genesis of the handmade, the works are created from a collation of found imagery, ink drawings and photographs and reproduced in the form of mixed media digital prints. The interest in making the work is to create a hyperreality that strives to meet Baudrillard's fourth stage of simulation. A complete abstract utopia.

The work is representative of a personal interest in neurotransmitters and pattern recognition, cerebral stimulation and the search for coherent meaning - a meaning that remains consistently unattainable.

Baudrillard, Jean. Simulacra and Simulation. Tr. Sheil Faria Glaser. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan (1994). Originally published in French by Editions Galilee (1981).