Onespace Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition, Umiama, by Zoe Porter.
Porter is a Brisbane based interdisciplinary artist exploring primarily a drawing practice, which also extends into painting, installation, performance, sculpture, site-specific works and video.
Her work frequently depicts the animal-human hybrid in an attempt at crossing the boundaries between the animal and the human, real and imaginary states, chaos and order. Much of Porter’s work explores a personal mythology that presents the human form undergoing transformation, which suggests the possibilities for other ways of being or existing
Umiama explores depictions of hybrid forms and in-between zones through an interdisciplinary approach. This new body of work was inspired by a research trip and residency to Toba, Japan and focuses heavily on the local Ama (female free-divers). The ama have been recorded as early as 5,000 years ago and currently their numbers are dwindling yet this ancient tradition is still continued today. These new works reference photographs taken by the artist, historical documentation of the Ama as well as illustrations of the traditional sea-folk and their practices in the Ukiyo-e.
OPENING EVENT: Friday 6 September 2019, 6 – 8pm
ONExchange conversation: Friday 6 September 2019, 5:15pm