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Rachel Mortlock: Please Don’t Disappear

12 – 5pm

Preview 2 February, 5 – 8pm

36 Gallery

Please Don’t Disappear ruminates on the visual language of  longing and nostalgia drawn from images taken during walks that capture elements of architecture that are often overlooked: drain pipes, tiled stairs and an unoccupied building.

The exhibition brings together a new body of work comprising lino prints, collages and sculpture within a site-specific installation.

Rachel Mortlock playfully reimagines her everyday encounters and experiences using materials that evoke furniture and architecture. She examines how space and built environments can inform memory, language and the process of social exchange by representing a specific period of her life, evoking a place that blurs her memory and imagination through a transient time in her life.

Please Don’t Disappear documents Mortlock moving home several times within a two year period through an uncanny interrogation into domestic materials of the home, demonstrating a continuous rebuilding of a familiar interior.

The gallery space is dominated by a central structure, an echo from another place encompassing and shielding objects behind its tiled alter-like façade. The structure forces visitors to navigate around its threshold, to witness scenes of a projected future. By drawing attention to how we navigate the spaces around us, it compels its audience to consider the narratives and traces that accumulate through entering an imagined interior space.

The installation brings together an array of unusual objects like fragmented memories, with obscure and oversized elements that corrupt the bourgeois scene of domesticity.The facade veils behind it a minimal simulacrum of a home, full of familiar yet curious objects. Pastel dog treats litter the floor; frames hang on the wall like family portraits, but instead, display drawings, ideas and found objects; and on a table, a hamster cage houses a family of giant woodlice.