The very lovely folks in fab Adelaide ARI Fontanelle invited me to the End of the World so I drew a big hole. Overcoming the anxiety that life as we know it would end we still made a great show and party that lasted way over the midnight dong from December 21 2012. www.fontanelle.com.au
Talitha Kennedy, Hope that the world would end when people say it will, 2012. Ink on paper. 78x78cm.
My process-driven practice draws out my inner world to relate to the exterior world. In my sculpture and drawing I refer to forms I see in the natural environment as gestures of living and dying, this felt experience in my practice fleshes out experiences of being in the world and of the world. I stitch black leather soft sculptures to create corporeal interpretation of nature’s macabre presence, using industrialised animal skin as evocative of the unsettling tension between contemporary comfort and unease with our relationship to the non-human. This process brings into question my concerns with belonging to country, intimacy with landscape and what it is to be alive in a transient existence.
Now based in Sydney, living in the tropics of Northern Australia had an inescapable influence on my art practice.
In 2011 I completed Masters in Creative Arts by Research at Charles Darwin University in Darwin and in the same year was NT recipient of the Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award. In 2013 I received Australia Council ArtStart which assisted a number of residencies and exhibitions.