‘Unheimlich’ is an expansion on Olivia Arnold’s studies in her recently completed Masters of Fine Arts degree.
The areas of enquiry within this body of work range from the psychology of Freudian concepts, such as the uncanny or unheimlich, the semiotics of domestic objects and the feminine connotations of her chosen materials. Arnold creates a multidisciplinary exhibition that incorporates her interest in found and secondhand objects. She transforms them through arrangement, material manipulation, and the addition of drawn and sewn elements, to create poignant relics of domestic and nostalgic environments.
The uncanny is a concept that was formally introduced by Freud. It’s original German term Unheimlich, translates directly to unhomely. The uncanny is a way of deciphering a deeply human experience of jarring uneasiness. Arnold employs this sensation in combination with work that exudes nostalgia, the warmer cousin of the uncanny. Her interest in the form and symbol of the home can be seen through the motif of the external house, and the ghostly suspended bedsheets that explore the interior world of the bedroom.
Arnold is an emerging Sydney based artist with a multidisciplinary practice. She recently completed her Bachelors Degree in printmaking (2016) and Masters Degree in drawing (2018) at the National Art School, Sydney. Arnold is developing a wide ranging practice that includes printmaking, drawing, sculpture, book-making, photography and textile processes.
Second opening: April 11th, 6-8pm.