Appropriating her own personal history and popular Western culture into emotionally fraught, symbolically dense, sublime environments (video, sound, and installation) that straddle the borders between our internal (emotional) and external, digital, and physical worlds – filled with liminal spaces, personal ritual, and transitory moments. These works are created as a site of contemplation and inward reflection for viewers, driven by a desire to give the intangibilities of grief a form and physical presence. Ritual, repetition, and copies (e.g., photos of the sky, post production effects that mimic light and using sound and instrument digital samples) engaging with and exploring how meaning moves and translates through. Imagery, sounds, and motifs signify time and transformation, the mundane and the sublime - Windows to different realms of physical, metaphysical, and spiritual possibilities. Symbols of earthly experience and liminal space become metaphors of our understanding and experience with the unknown and our place within it.
Living and working on Gadigal and Darug Land (Sydney and Western Sydney). Whalen graduated from The University of New South Wales- Art and Design with a Master of FineArt in 2013. Her work has shown at Carriageworks, Artspace, Museum of Contemporary Art, Performance Space, Queensland Art Gallery &Gallery of Modern Art, Bundoora Homestead, Campbelltown ArtsCentre, Next Wave, and Art MonthSydney. She has been a finalist in awards and prizes that include,The Blake Prize, NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, HazelhurstWorks on Paper Award, Fishers Ghost Art Prize and The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize.
LIVE DREAMS May 2023