Lyndal Hargrave
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2008 Six Degrees of Separation
Solo Exhibition- Redland Art Gallery, Queensland


Artist Statement

“It is a constant idea of mine that behind the cotton wool (of daily reality) is hidden a pattern, that we – I mean all human beings – are connected with this: that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art.”
Virginia Woolf

This body of work examines the way human dialogue with each other and with
the environment impacts the potential of living matter. Six degrees of separation
is a theory that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries.

My work probes the possibility of re-invention through the way the componentry of human habitation can be re-configured to offer us a new way of seeing and experiencing our world.

It is this process of metamorphosis that is at the centre of my investigation: how life forms make the transition from one state to another – tree to timber to tower or talisman.

Overarching my work is the notion of universal structure and the geometry that has informed our evolution from molecule to macro-system.

Ultimately, my work is not intended to be dogmatic. It is, rather, an open-ended observation and enquiry that aims to arouse curiosity about the lessons that are offered through structures of the natural world and our impact upon them.

These are lessons that may help us better understand how humans have interacted with their environment – and just how much responsibility we can take as pilots of the earth’s destiny.


Artist talk for Geometrics II, filmed in my studio May 2015 ...

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