Walking North Out of the Shadow is a series of collages playing with the space between — between shadow and light, between image and perception, between intolerance and acceptance, between power and empowerment.
The impetus for the series is the idea of the shadow — living in someone else’s shadow, living in the shadow of history, living in the shadow cast by oppression and cruelty.
Created using fashion magazines and vintage history journals, the works set the insidiousness of the fashion industry — a modern form of female enslavement — as a metaphor for the downtrodden, abused and overlooked alongside the oppressiveness of structures of power. The materiality of the work — hand cut, hand glued collage — reflects the labour of women, of people of colour, through history, the invisible labour done in the shadows that props up the structures of power.
Ultimately, though, Walking North Out of the Shadow is a gesture towards the light. About stepping out of the shadow, about the long journey towards the light, towards the sun. Towards possibility.
Launch: Friday 2nd of December 6 – 8pm at Printmaker Gallery.
Celebrating archive and temporality in a one night pop up, this installation explores a new configuration for images accumulated over the last ten years.
Kylie Blackley is a Melbourne based artist practising in print, ink and paper. After graduating from VCA she undertook selected local and international residencies exhibiting in Melbourne, Osaka and Riga while working as a printmaking technician for universities and artists. Blackley’s intimate works on paper accumulate into installation based practice focused on associative, esoteric narratives from top drawers, collected boxes and train windows.