Photography by Millie Mitchell

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Jennifer Brady, this is a conversation piece, 2019, detail. Curated by Sarah Rose, installed at 107 Projects, Redfern. Photo by Sarah Rose.

this is a conversation piece
6 - 16 june 2019, 107 projects

curated by Sarah Rose

Curated by Sarah Rose, 'this is a conversation piece' presents a new installation of text-based works by emerging artist Jennifer Brady. This exhibition acts as a provocation for an open conversation; an exchange between artist and audience, private and public, observer and participant. A confessional and cyclic monologue is established as Brady’s thoughts and over- thoughts become engaged in a larger dialogue with the space, becoming physically manifested; visceral, embodied, and present.

As a communicative platform, Brady’s installation and performance, explores internal thought processes and the potential (failure) of language in coherently articulating the translucency of the un-expressible. Self-reflexive and raw, the works look to personal failure and inadequacy, aligning with new-punk methodologies, do-it-yourself, and lo-fi aesthetics; processes that encompass the unrefined, and imperfect.

Evolving from personal experiences with mental health, Brady employs language as a device to communicate thoughts and emotions that are difficult to articulate; uncomfortable, confusing, and confronting. In doing so, Brady demonstrates the adaptation of pre-existing structures of language to provoke conversations surrounding mental discomfort, anxiety, and state of consciousness. The immersive and interactive nature of this installation encourages the audience to engage with the work directly; walk through, between, within, and on the works, actively taking part in the exchange.

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Jennifer Brady, this is a conversation piece, 2019, install view. Curated by Sarah Rose, installed at 107 Projects, Redfern. Photo by Sarah Rose.

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Jennifer Brady, this is a conversation piece, 2019, detail. Curated by Sarah Rose, installed at 107 Projects, Redfern. Photo by Kiara Shaw.

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Jennifer Brady, this is a conversation piece, 2019, detail. Curated by Sarah Rose, isntalled at 107 Projects, Redfern. Photo by Kiara Shaw.

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Jennifer Brady, this is a conversation piece, 2019, detail. Curated by Sarah Rose, isntalled at 107 Projects, Redfern. Image courtesy of the artist.