Kristy Gordon is an artist and researcher investigating slow aesthetics through expanded drawing. Her work often demonstrates attention and care through repetition, translating experiences of nature into mindful creative practice.
This year she has had two works chosen to be part of Eden Unearthed. The first, The answer is blowing in the wind, celebrates individuality, diversity and beauty in the natural world with hundreds of handmade gum leaves, each unique and lovingly crafted, then suspended mid-air, framed in a window with views to the Scribbly Gum forest beyond. The second work, Cloudspace, investigates slowness through a quiet reflection of the world’s rooftop. The space invites meditation, with an accompanying poem, which links the sky above to the present.
You are invited to lose time here,
among the clouds.
Sense the air;
how it feels on your skin.
Be present in the space you inhabit, which we also inhabit together.
Leave behind the day's velocity.
In the sky's beautiful void, let ideas form
like cloudshapes, let them drift.
Take a moment to embody the sky's shared space;
an entity to cherish and protect.
Screen-based drawing, machine-work and carving with power tools investigate how fast, contemporary modes of making can mediate the more than human world in new ways to affect a sense of presence, slowness. Through repetitive processes she demonstrates attention and care, and translates experiences of nature into mindful practice, finding connections between repetitive mark-making, flow and access to reflective, luminal space. She is a current PhD candidate at UNSW Art & Design. Kristy Gordon works on Gadigal and Darkinjung lands.
Kristy Gordon was commissioned to write an article about Eden Unearthed which you can read here. An extract details, “As a new Unearthed artist, I’ve found the process inspiring and rewarding. From artist walk-through early in the proposal stage, I felt a deep desire to respond to the site and exhibition brief. The offer of a realistic stipend to help fund the work gives artists wings to push their practice in materiality and scale. This tangible investment in art and artist is transformative and has led to an exhibition greater than the sum of its parts
.” Kristy’s enthusiasm and attention to detail throughout the lead up to the exhibition has made her involvement in the exhibition a delight. She also took time out to interview the curator, Meredith Kirton.
Cloudspace, image by Jack Mounsey