memorias expirare

 

45% of Australians will experience mental health problems

approximately 20% of Australians are affected annually[1]

 

memorias expirare is not an exhibition, but an evolving work; a study of mental health, behavioural science and emotion through the exploration of objects, materials and process.

In 2005, I was diagnosed with incurable cancer and a sequela of anxiety and chronic adjustment disorder: the most significant impact on my family and me has been the psychological. My art practice is an essential mechanism in the management of my mental health.

I am interested in how the (my) body both functions and fails to function. The mind is the product of the body’s biological functioning within an environment: a malfunctioning mind is resultant of a malfunctioning body.

My methodology is reliant on observation and documentation, augmented by the systematic mapping and remapping of information. Process and chance are fundamental, and the exploration of language and text are integral to my process and work.

Since 2015, I have been an artist in residence at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC): my focus is the development of a transdisciplinary art practice at the nexus of art and science. My research includes molecular biology, behavioural science and knowledge translation.

I am also a passionate advocate of arts-in-health and for raising awareness and improving mental outcomes within the broader community. My residency at The Mill complements my continuing FCIC residency, providing a public interface and extending the art outcomes of my ongoing research.

 

[1] http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4102.0Main+Features30March%202009