BEYOND THE PALE
21 OCTOBER – 7 NOVEMBER 2015
Eloise Kirk’s new assembly of collage and sculpture in Beyond the Pale responds to a recent research trip to the French Alps and Laugavegur hiking trail in Iceland. Kirk considers the aesthetics of isolation, the relationship between nature and the object and the interconnected experiences of solitude, the voyage and the surreal. Through the use of fragmented landscapes, flat masses of colour and textural resin pools, Kirk evokes both raw environmental experience and preambles into the otherworldly. Mountains and rock formations are severed from their origins, suggesting alchemical formations, rouge continental masses and interplanetary imaginings. Kirk describes these fictionalised landscapes as ‘exercises into the elusive’.
Eloise Kirk holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) and a Master of Visual Arts from the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. In 2015 she held her first solo show in New York at Chasm Gallery and undertook a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. This year also saw Kirk as a finalist in the John Fries Art Award and Macquarie Bank Emerging Artist Award.