Exploration 24 Exploration 24 16th July 2024 - 3rd August 2024

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J9 Stanton, Cracks Illuminated 2024, acrylic paint on aluminium mesh, 120cm x 130cm x 5cm
J9 Stanton, Cracks Illuminated is being exhibited in Exploration 24
Artwork will be shipped at conclusion of exhibition.
Artist statement: Living at the foot hill of the East Macdonell ranges in central Australia I am inspired by the natural landscapes that surround me. They offer a generous connection with the earliest formations on earth. In my work, I delve into the interplay between those times and the present.

I recover aluminium mesh used in domestic and commercial settings that have reached the end of their intended purpose. Carefully chosen pieces are selected of this widely used raw material to be revitalized with acrylic paint, then through a slow meditative process of bending, folding, cutting and re-joining I transform the material.

The process of bending and folding is reminiscent of those that have played out over millennia in these ranges; while cutting and re-joining with staples is emblematic of those that are specifically done by only humans, bringing together methods that are symbolic of the old and the new. Extending the longevity of industrial remnants by using them to depict abstract ancient geological rock scapes, I explore sustainability concerns in our current state in the environment that have been growing since the industrial revolution.

The use of staples as a utilitarian material of the modern world is metaphor for crossroads of the industrial revolution. Before this time, the laborious process of hand sewing was used to fasten papers and documents. The invention of the stapler during this period revolutionized binding, vastly increasing the speed of many tasks and symbolizing the rapid changes brought about by industrialization. Since then, societal structures have evolved at an exponential rate.

These materials and processes embody the intersection of geological deep time, the Industrial Revolution and colonization, highlighting how these forces shape our present.
Artwork In Situ

Artwork to scale in-situ on 3.7m wall