Three is Infinity
“I read Call of the Wild by Jack London maybe a year and a half ago and I was gripped by the whole idea of Society vs the Wild. That idea along with the mild obsession I have with the phrase someone once told me ‘three is infinity’ slowly merged together in the process of making all these works. The three – the infinity – for me became Society, the Wild and the masked mutated beings that are born from the two. “
Jenna Tapia & Maja Baska
Spurred by a shared interest of discarded and abandoned toys, art
collaborators Jenna Tapia and Maja Baska have pulled together
over 200 toys as part of their most recent collaboration “A Cut
Stitch”. After raiding dozens of op shops, the pair have transmuted
this collection of grimy and dusty toys into a new body of work,
consisting of animations, photography and installation. The work is
the result of years of the pair collaborating, observing and exploring
the ‘lives’ of toys.
The colourful and once-treasured toys used by the artists hold
many memories of their lives as childhood friends. However
beneath this, is a sense that something quite unsettling is taking
place. The details are unknown and a sense of who or what is at
fault is unclear. The soft texture and bright colours draw the
observer in with an overwhelming 'cuteness' however underlying
this is a sense that something sinister could be taking place.
Waste is also a significant theme of “A cut stitch”. The toys collected for the
installation and coats are all sencond hand. The artist, Jenna Tapia
comes from a Philipino background and culture where thrift and
reappropriation of materials is a daily necessity. This has become a
recognisable feature of the pair's artistic practice.
Women in Uniform
‘Women in Uniform’, a photographic exhibition containing 9 portraits of real women, is an exploration of contemporary femininity and the male gaze. The archaic gender roles of our grandparents and parents generations are seemingly gone, but we have formed our own set of gender codes, of normality, that Madeleine attempts to explore in this series of works.
“Women don’t have limited career choices; we are offered places in most fields of work, as policewomen, soldiers, and in trades. We don’t have to have children, or get married, we can work manual jobs, we can fight on the front line with our male counterparts, yet as a gender, we are still not offered the same respect as men.
Even with this new found freedom of choice and career, women are still sexualized and objectified. We are not afforded the same position of power or standing as men. Constantly under a male gaze, we still have a role to fill, as an object of lust and desire; highlighted by our representation in the media, fashion and advertising.”