JANET PARKER-SMITH: ALIVE + WELL
My work introduces images, objects, creatures and species that hover between multiple identities. They are open for the viewer to question weather the form they are looking at belongs or is intrusive.
These creatures serve as vessels for a form of displacement in their foreign environment. By decorating their domestic environment it makes everything appear normal. This work acts as a metaphor for the binary nature of the issue on insiders and outsiders.
I like my objects, creatures and species to have an aliveness in their deception delivering an uneasiness about them and their presence. The work aims to collapse the binary of the familiar and unfamiliar and the ordered and disordered.
For the past 15 years I have been exhibiting my work with various galleries throughout Sydney and have been involved in many group exhibitions internationally and interstate.
I have been involved with the Sculpture 2009 and Paper Works 2010 with Brenda May Gallery. In 2009 I was selected to produce an edition of prints for the 2009 Print Council of Australia Print Commission. This work was exhibited throughout Australia. My work has been selected for exhibition for various print awards over the past fourteen years.
I am currently employed with Sydney College of the Arts as the Studio Supervisor in Printmedia.
My practice primarily investigates contemporary conceptions around embodiment and the body. The current group of works focusses on the intersections between gender, desire and sexuality (as expressed in feminist writer Judith Butler's work), and the ways in which these operate to constrain and define our bodies.
Working with inner tubes poses some interesting challenges and resolutions to these conceptions of the body. In particular, I'm interested in the transformative possibilities of the tubes, particularly when they are constrained or put under duress. Perhaps in keeping with cultural perceptions of the body, the surface of the tyres are defined by their exteriority – their skin. They have no interior structure. Like our bodies, they are both extremely robust, and incredibly fragile. They are also incredibly responsive to the kinds of stresses and constraints I'm subjecting them to, and I'm fascinated by the unpredictable outcomes of this exchange: each tube, under the same conditions, responds differently. This includes stressing them to the point of rupture, be it explosive and dramatic, or a quiet expiration that leaves the surface semi-permeable. These formal outcomes have metaphoric qualities that connect with our unique, individual embodied expressions of gender and sexuality. As such, the works aim to challenge, question and investigate the cultural constraints that pressure us to conform to pre-conceived gender and sexual binaries. JC
Janet Carter was born in Lincolnshire, England in 1966. She currently lives and works in Perth, Western Australia.
Janet undertook a Diploma of Performing Arts (specialising in Set and Props Construction) at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, graduating in 1995. She returned to Edith Cowan University to do her Bachelor of Visual Arts, which she completed in 2008. She is currently doing Honours at the same institution.
Carter's practice embraces sculpture, installation and new media works. She is primarily concerned with investigating contemporary conceptions around embodiment and the body. This current group of works focuses on the intersections between gender, desire and sexuality, and the ways in which these work to constrain and define our bodies.
She has contributed to a number of group exhibitions, including Vitreosity, Moores Building, Fremantle (2005), HATCHED, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2008), Video Killed The Radio Star, Horus & Deloris Contemporary Art Space (2008) and Queer City Lane Dwellers, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne (Midsumma Festival 2009). This is her first solo exhibition.