VENUE: Articulate Space Project, 497 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt 2040
Much of Liz Day’s work has considered the image of ‘the prison on the landscape’ as a way to focus the damage on the Australian landscape wrought by colonisation.
WORKING IN THE TROUBLE is an exhibition based on Elizabeth Day’s 25 years working in marginal spaces. In 2011 she began developing work along the Parramatta River where there are the remains of colonial prisons and institutions, that continue into the 20th century (and 21st) to be a focus for mental health services.
Working in the Trouble presents the beginning of a new research project that includes a series of fabric and photographic works engaging with subjects such as transgenerational trauma. Day has completed five series of works over recent years that will be referenced including the ongoing ‘Crime Scene Tent’, part of The Longford Project with Drs Anna Gibbs, Noelene Lucas and Julie Gough that recognises that Australia is a crime scene.
Artwork image: Porous/Trans-Generational Trauma 5.1 x 2.1 m knitted yarns on felt.
Elizabeth Day is an interdisciplinary and community based artist. She completed a Doctorate titled Discontinued Narratives of Migration at the University of Western Sydney in 2013. She is currently working on another exhibition at the Boom Gate Gallery, Long Bay titled … in Trouble which looks at the significance of art in the mental health of inmates.
Elizabeth Day is also presenting the project …’In Trouble’ as part of The Big Anxiety: Artworks from inmates at Long Bay Correctional Complex and Justice Health Forensic Hospital, examining the critical role of art in the maintenance of mental health.