Feeling disconnected is like being in a beautiful field, surrounded by people that care about you, but with a big black hole in the middle of it only you can see. You try to ignore and walk around the hole, but at times you fall in. The hole is much deeper than it appears, and you get trapped. When people ask ‘what’s wrong?’, you can’t answer, they don’t get it because they can’t see the hole you are trapped in.
‘Disconnected’ began as a thought of how some people have no capacity to understand an experience they never had. Those of us who have experienced depression, have learned how to exist in two worlds simultaneously - the world of normalcy, and the world of darkness. A lot of people don’t understand how one might feel after a seizure, or someone with depression, or deep rage, or all combined. Those people themselves might not understand how they are supposed to feel. It’s an out of body experience that places you on the outskirts of your own life.
‘Disconnected’ aims to transfer those feelings, or lack of, onto a canvas, and relate to someone in the same state of mind. Art is not always beautiful, and sometimes it’s important to let that rage and disconnection with one self out.
We present to you the final show at our Docklands space.
Featuring work by over 50 local and international artists, the Dodgy Art Show 3 is a showcase of what can be done on our dodgy dodgy sheets of recycled paper.
Come have a beer and celebrate our time at Docklands, before we move on to an exciting new year!
As The Artists Guild’s time in the Docklands is coming to a close, we have asked old friends and new friends to exhibit in a group show ‘efflorescence’ or in other words ‘the action or process of developing and unfolding as if coming into flower’.
Think of the ebb and flow of an artist's life: we are not always in bloom, but we are always growing, and we are capable of bold new beginnings. ‘Efflorescence’ is a celebration of this, as well as the way in which women and non-binary artists lift each other up through communities.