Bodies of Water

Bodies of Water focuses on the body as a site of perpetual transformation, unfixed, unpredictable and never at rest. It is a porous membrane through which desire, capital, technology and affect flow, transforming our realities in their wake. Artists in Bodies of Water plunge us into the murky undercurrents of the body and examine how these processes can leak, gush and overflow.

Photographs by Jackie De Lacy

In the street window Athena Thebus and Chloe Corkran present Drippy Rock. This poetic installation reconciles two divergent paths blazed by the artists collective desires becoming one. Drippy Rock continues in the bathroom with an audio work replicating the fantasy and naivety of the artists yearning adolescent hearts. In the Salon space, Jackie De Lacy's 3D models of medieval Portuguese gargoyles conspire with an anonymous writers' graffiti that proclaims: "my lungs will handle what my heart cannot" to embody a kind of magical incarnation. De Lacy's work continues in a curiosity cabinet where three sandstone tablets are laser-engraved with textual affirmations for a non-singular body. Propped up by resin 3D-prints of vocal tracts, they present a kind of 'bio-voice' capable of calling one's self into being. On a TV above the bar Kieran Bryant drowns us in fluid feelings. Across two watery videos, Bryant identifies interior liquid narratives, situating wetness and emotional landscapes within the queer body.

Jackie De Lacy, Kieran Bryant, Athena Thebus & Chloe Corkran.


by Anna May Kirk.

The Bearded Tit
17 December 2019 - 22 January 2020

I acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the land I work on and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging.