CATHY TIPPING, MIA MALA MCDONALD & JEREMY DRAPE
CATHY TIPPING, MIA MALA MCDONALD
Why doesn’t she crack a smile is a series of highly orchestrated portraiture by Mia Mala McDonald overlaid with Catherine Tipping’s detailed needlework. Although each portrait refers to personal stories and experiences, its ultimate function is to point beyond them. The project subsumes the aesthetic and the socio-political together to directly address cultural and political connotations of identity, social discomfort, feminism, representation and transformation. The project aims to evoke questions around the underlying tensions and reactions to the politics of the feminism.
The show ‘Tempo’ brings together a number of 35mm photographs from different bodies of work shot between 2009 and 2015. The focus is on quotidian moments; evening light on an empty seat, objects laid outon the pavement at a market, an unmade bed. They are brought together in the gallery in varying sizes, both monochrome and colour, and framed and pinned. They stand alone as well as playing off of oneanother.