UC Faculty of Arts and Design
Hakim Abdul Rahim, Monica Andrew, Rhonda Ayliffe, Dianne Firth, Caren Florance, UK Frederick, Katie Hayne, Paul Hetherington, Kerry Martin, Paul Munden, Fanke Peng, Bethaney Turner, Jen Webb, John White and Jordan Williams
26 March – 9 May 2021
Opening 6pm Friday 26 March 2021
‘It is possible to live almost without remembering and live happy, as evidenced by the animal, but it is still impossible to live without forgetting.’
– Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations
We pay a great deal of attention to memory and to the acts of memorialising, but neglect to pay attention to the acts and art of forgetting. In this exhibition, members of the Faculty of Arts and Design of the University of Canberra and affiliate artists present works that attend to what is rarely attended to: what it means to forget; what we forget; how to forget. The exhibition reflects the diversity of the faculty and comprises digital, textile and print works by artists such as Katie Hayne, Caren Florance, Jen Webb and Dianne Firth.
About the artists
Hakim Abdul Rahim
An accumulator of brooches, Hakim Abdul Rahim is the Conservation Lab Manager and doctoral candidate at the University of Canberra. He often gardens, sometimes crafts and very occasionally is a nuisance. He is currently Chair of University Museums and Collection Futures.
Monica Andrew draws on her lifelong experiences in sewing and textile arts to explore the potential contribution of needlecraft skills to clothing and textile sustainability. As part of her PhD research at the University of Canberra, she runs a weekly repair café to assist others with their mending projects.
Rhonda Ayliffe is a visual artist and PhD student at UC Faculty of Art and Design. She comes from the Black Summer fire-devastated town of Cobargo, far south coast NSW, and is Vice-Chair of the Cobargo Bushfire Resilience Centre. Her practice-led research project, ‘Ash Alchemy’, will be exploring how creative arts can assist in building community resilience in the aftermath of community trauma.
Dr Dianne Firth OAM is a Registered Landscape Architect and Adjunct Associate Professor with the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra. The focus of her research is the designed landscape of Canberra and she provides advice to ACT and Commonwealth Governments. Her textile art is inspired by her landscape work and can be found in major collections around the world.
Dr Caren Florance is a typo-bibliographic artist. Her recent practice-led doctorate from the University of Canberra (UC) explored the overlaps of visual poetry, text art and artist books through material collaboration with poets and artists. A sessional lecturer, she works in Visual Communications and Creative Writing at UC, and in Printmedia at the ANU School of Art & Design. Her latest work is Lost in Case (Cordite Publishing, 2019).
UK Frederick is an artist whose practice often involves working with found materials, and responding to ideas and images that already exist in the world. Although she predominately uses photography, video and printmedia. Ursula is a keen advocate of experimentation and regularly incorporates different techniques and media in her practice, according to what best suits the expression of her ideas. She is a Research Fellow at the CCCR, University of Canberra.
Katie Hayne is a research development officer and an emerging artist. Her art practice explores issues of gentrification, consumerismand the overlooked. She has won awards for her painting, photography and short films, and was short-listed in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award in 2017.
Paul Hetherington is Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra, head of International Poetry Studies (IPSI), and joint founding editor of the journal Axon: Creative Explorations.
Kerry Martin is an early career artist, currently working on a PhD, after a long professional life in the private and public sectors. Her practice revolves around the visual portrayal of emotions that arise as a response to witnessing the human condition. Kerry works with textile, photographic and print techniques. Her work focuses on manual methods and she frequently employs the slow, repetitive and meditative process of hand stitching as a fundamental element of her work.
Paul Munden is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra. A poet and screenwriter, his poetry collections include Chromatic (UWA Publishing, 2017). Paul Hetherington is Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra, head of International Poetry Studies (IPSI), and joint founding editor of the journal Axon: Creative Explorations.
Fanke Peng is a discipline lead and senior lecturer at the University of Canberra. She has worked on a range of interdisciplinary projects, supported by the Australian Council for the Arts, UK research councils, the Museum of Australian Democracy. Recent publications include Cross-Cultural Design for Healthy Ageing (co-edited) and Service Design Thinking for Social Good (co-authored).
Bethaney Turner is an Associate Professor in Arts and Communication. In a significant departure from her doctoral work on social revolutionary movements in Mexico, her current interdisciplinary research explores how more sustainable urban living behaviours can be developed and fostered in a time of human-induced climate change.
Jen Webb & John White
Jen Webb is a poet and cultural theorist who works at the Faculty of Arts and Design, in the University of Canberra. John White worked as a museum curator in Victoria and the ACT for several decades.
Dr Jordan Williams is a researcher in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra with a focus on creative work and wellbeing. Her own practice centres on the materiality of writing and employs traditional poetry, image, media and textiles.