Photography by Millie Mitchell

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Jennifer Brady, I think maybe I'll try to start figuring it out now, 2020, install view. Image courtesy of the artist. 

I think maybe I'll try to start figuring it out now
9 - 20 january 2020, gaffa gallery

i think maybe i’ll try to start figuring it out now serves as a form of self-evaluation, a collection of words seeking to decide where the artist is, and where they could be heading. This exhibition takes a step into a ‘quieter’ place, away from Brady’s often loud and angst driven practice. Printmaking, drawing and installation are employed as a means of attempting vulnerability - not directed towards anyone in particular, just trying. Contextually, the works are vague and non-linear, with nothing seeming to fit into place - ambiguous moments of thought that only the artist can locate.

This delicately haphazard environment invites without welcoming the audience. Intimate moments of thought are scribbled and scribed onto various surfaces trying to confess, but are often riddled with syntaxical errors and semantic ambiguity removing the potential for understanding. These thoughts are proposed, but not resolved.

Drawing from her experiences of mental health, Brady’s practice explores language as a failing system that struggles to coherently articulate the translucency of internal thoughts. Her work is self-reflexive, seeking to communicate personal monologues that are uncomfortable and confusing; a representation of thoughts, emotions, ideas, memories and feelings that are difficult to express. Brady's works are process driven in their making, mirroring anxious moments of over-thought. Her work is not intended as a coping mechanism, nor a clear articulation of these moments, but simply an acknowledgement of discomfort and disruption in the translation of internalised thoughts.

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Jennifer Brady, dear you, 2018, graphite on paper, handmade book, 11 x 15cm. Image courtesy of the artist. 

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Jennifer Brady, I think maybe I'll try to start figuring it out now, 2020, install view.

Image courtesy of the artist. 

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Jennifer Brady, untitled, 2020, pigment marker on glass, 28 x 35.5 cm. Image courtesy of the artist. 

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Jennifer Brady, I think maybe I'll try to start figuring it out now, 2020, install view. Image courtesy of the artist.