CALL-RESPONSE-RESPONSE

Paula Dunlop and Cody Wood

2021

Xerox prints, steel and glass found objects, steel chain, glass beads, thread

Size variable, approx. 60cm x 100cm

 

A work created for the group exhibition Mutual Intent.

 

Call - Response - Response is a conversational exchange of images and objects.  Dunlop and Wood each took turns issuing a prompt to the other (Wood sharing moments captured via phone camera, Dunlop, material remnants from her home studio) to instigate a back-and-forth exchange of the visuals, objects and materials present in their lives.  

 

The result: seven stories composed of images and assemblages that speak of presence and place, acknowledgement and recognition — simple but meaningful impressions of the artists’ domestic surroundings and everyday work environments. 

 

Call - Response - Response is about two strangers making connections in a spirit of openness and curiosity, and finding a common ground in their shared appreciation for the small, the quiet, the overlooked and the everyday.

ADAPT

2021

Steel ball chain, bed sheets, magnets, wire rope

180cm x 250cm

In a time of quarantines and lockdowns, ADAPT shows us a collapse of the neat separations between work and home. Bed sheets, steel ball-chain, canvas-based studio traditions, window-dressings, creative practices in home spaces — all come together gently, magnetically.

 

ADAPT meditates on the forces that condition our home lives and work lives; on the conventions that privilege or idealise certain workspaces over others; and on the give-and-take that constitutes our relationships with people, materials, and spaces. 

Formation Studies

2020

Glass beads, silver beads, stainless steel rings, stainless steel chain, thread

Size variable, approx. 20cm x 20cm x 3cm

Ball chain is braided and spliced, and beads are woven into a series of small objects. Their presence is ambiguous; they appear as models for larger design works, or as intimate, hand-held objects-cum-jewellery such as prayer beads or worry beads. Their arrangements suggest molecular formations, spiral growth patterns or clustered celestial bodies.

 

They are explorations of form, and point to the grounding or steadying potential of tactile ‘things’ for both makers and users.

TUFT prints

2020

Toned cyanotype and pencil on paper

19cm x 28cm

Cyanotype photograms of TUFT (2019), created through multiple exposures of the object using carefully managed combinations of both direct sunlight and sunlight diffused through white bedsheets.