Kate
Stodart


About

Curatorial

︎︎︎ Dual Existence
︎︎︎ Analysand
︎︎︎ This is a product of self-care by A. Bruce
︎︎︎ The place between
︎︎︎ FEAST
︎︎︎ Not A Stat

Performance
︎︎︎ The language of mental illness
︎︎︎ Let my skin absorb your darkness

Video
︎︎︎ Consume/subsume

Installation
︎︎︎ What lies in the shadows
Kate Stodart

About

Curatorial

︎︎︎ Dual Existence
︎︎︎ Analysand
︎︎︎ This is a product of self-care by A. Bruce
︎︎︎ The place between
︎︎︎ FEAST
︎︎︎ Not A Stat

Performance
︎︎︎ The language of mental illness
︎︎︎ Let my skin absorb your darkness

Video
︎︎︎ Consume/subsume

Installation
︎︎︎ What lies in the shadows
This is a Product of Self-care
26.09–11.10.2019

Accompanied by performance program the place between
Schoolhouse Gallery, Melbourne




This is a Product of Self-care weaves together acts of self preservation that are part of a process of sustainable productivity; “I define productivity not as the quantity of work I produce, but as the facilitation of a sustainable process of continual making”.

Bruce creates on a daily basis, but only what is achievable and doable on that given day, in that given moment and place. The pieces are made on a manageable scale before being brought together in site specific installations. While this process still results in large-scale, considered and intricate work, it prioritises the steady self-directed pace of art making over so as to be emotionally and psychologically sustainable.

This process was born from a time of hospitalisation and has developed to respond to and allow the processing of multiple traumas. Rather than re-creating or visualising said traumas Bruce develops work that provides solstice, hope and respite, and codifies references to trauma in language, colour, shape and materiality. “Achieving a practice that prioritises self-care is challenging and requires constant honesty with yourself. Establishing boundaries and setting guidelines for what I choose to reveal or keep private in my work is vital for self-care and my mental health.” In this way, this ongoing body of work embodies Bruce’s continued efforts to understand, care for, and preserve the self, a purdurable process not unfamiliar to those opposing binary logics, normativity and the capitalist idea of productivity.

This methodology of self-care is as much concerned with self-expression as it is with creating work that’s accessible to those with related experiences; “trauma-informed work or work about sensitive topics for me is about community awareness and safe spaces.”


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Written by A. Bruce and K. Stodart, who both acknowledge working on stolen and unceded lands.


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A. BRUCE
A. Bruce is an emerging installation and textiles artist based between the Eora and Kuringgai nations. Bruce’s practice centres heavily on mental health, self-care, and self-preservation as acts of radical resistance to binary, capitalist ideologies of identity, productivity and value. Influenced by their experience of hospitalisation due to psychosis, their latest works reflect the coping mechanisms adopted within, and continued beyond, that experience.

Bruce is presently completing a Fine Arts Honours at UNSW Art & Design, was a finalist in the 2019 Jenny Birt Award and has exhibited frequently across Sydney in Counter Conduct at 541 Art Space and 3merged at Gaffa Gallery. Most recently, they received a Highly Commended Award as part of the 2019 Kudos Emerging Artist & Designer Awards.





I presently live and work upon lands belonging to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations. Sovereignty has never been ceded.
Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.