OCT 27 2010
Jemima Wyman offers Whak’emall is a visually aggressive, humorous and sinister video work that wrestles with the politics of vision and embodiment. The protagonist looks out from a body that desires the viewer’s gaze from a complicated, ever-changing, non-classical body in the process of understanding its own parameters. The work utilizes optical tactics of camouflage as it exaggerates identification through the psychology of vision.
Through the manipulation of patterned fabrics and the human body, Wyman creates special effects and the result is a marriage of form and space that challenges our perception of the everyday world around us.
Jemima Wyman is a contemporary artist who lives and works between Brisbane and Los Angeles. Wyman’s art practice incorporates various mediums including installation, video, performance, photography and painting. Her most recent artworks utilize these mediums to specifically focus on visually based resistance strategies employed within contemporary “irregular military,” in an aim to explore the formal and psychological potentiality of camouflage in reference to collective identity. In 2007, Wyman graduated with a MFA from California Institute of Arts in Los Angeles, which was made possible with the support of an Anne and Gordon Samstag Scholarship. Jemima is represented by Milani Gallery and has exhibited throughout Australia and Internationally. Past exhibitions were held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Melbourne), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Plimsoll Gallery (Hobart), Westbeth Gallery Kozuka (Japan), 40000 (Chicago) and Steve Turner Contemporary Gallery (Los Angeles). Her work was exhibited in the 17th Biennale of Sydney’s the Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age. Jemima recently finished a residency at the Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland.