BLINDSIDE, Melbourne

Josephine Mead, Tori Lill and Madeleine Thornton-Smith

Curated by Lucie McIntosh


In its fourteenth year, DEBUT XIV profiles exciting new work by selected recent graduates from Melbourne's leading art institutes - RMIT, VCA + Monash University.

This year BLINDSIDE is thrilled to present the work of Josephine Mead, Tori Lill and Madeleine Thornton-Smith. Albeit distinctly unique, the work of each artist is profoundly contemplative and bound by an exploration of the liminal or the in-between.

Liminality describes a space of hovering and a type of ambiguity. It is a threshold between two defined areas - between death and burial, between the end of day and the beginning of night. Liminality is an airport or a hotel. It is that airborne moment in which we find ourselves, after leaping from a rock but before the water swallows us up whole.

In like mist, I am neither the sea nor the sky, memory, human gesture and seductive imagery meet, simultaneously evoking doubt and hope. The works presented as part of this exhibition explore notions of time and ending, disparate states of being and consciousness, as well as the differences and similarities between mediums.

- Lucie McIntosh

Images by Madeleine Thornton-Smith and Bethany Woolfall

© 2020 Madeleine Thornton-Smith 

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