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Behind the Shadows

a shared exhibition by Blair Waterfield and Emma Bugg

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Artist statement – Blair Waterfield

“My practice explores the fragmented stories of the past by re-imagining existing black and white photography. Through my work I create my own history: a new story with an alternate possibility, to help clarify concepts of identity. I am a collector at heart. With many of the artifacts I collect, I can only speculate as to the origin,importance and impact on their previous possessor. This speculation informs my art practice and nurtures my love of old photographs and postcards. All photographs are precious to me. They are a moment in time. Capturing in a snapshot, the intensity of the foreground spectacle which is usually the focus, and the subtleties of happenings in the background. The allure of a glance, a slight smile to the lip, a simple gesture. They are beautiful, sad, suggestive and emotive.
By re-inventing this existing imagery, I re-write its associated history. The final images are both constructed yet true. I combine small parts of photographs, cropping, colouring and sometimes using multiple photographs to create an image.
The further introduction of colour invites a contemporary framework for interpretation. The colours in the work are muted and faded, as too are the stories and context of the original image.

In summary the work endeavours to understand the present by looking to the past, perpetuating more questions than answers. There is a tension between
the masculine and the feminine, playful and serious, teetering on the edge of love and loss. Ultimately the work is engaged in a moment, a snapshot of the present where there is a harmonious culmination of an invented past, our own memories and a personal experience. It is in this moment that the imagery carries the intent to invoke an emotive and truly introspective response.” Blair Waterfield, 2015.

Artist statement – Emma Bugg

“We are amalgamations of the universe, parts of history spanning not thousands but billions of years. Such a history makes up each one of us. We perceive our urban landscape as bland and utilitarian, when in fact surrounding us are materials from a far-flung super nova, forged before this earth began. These materials were formed at the beginning of time, so how can we not regard them as precious? The work in this exhibition is the product of my continued exploration into the origin and structure of materials, and the corresponding value we place upon them. I seek to redefine what we consider to be precious, recontextualising the fabric of our landscape alongside traditionally valuable materials, married through elegant and contemporary design.” Emma Bugg, 2015.

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Blair Raymond Waterfield

Visual artists

life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards
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Emma Bugg

Jewellers

jewellery designer that pairs conventional and unconventional materials.

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Behind the Shadows

Handmark – Hobart
Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Tasmania, Australia

Peacock Theatre

Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place

Handmark – Hobart

Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place

Long Gallery

Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place

Nolan Gallery and School of Art

Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place

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