In My Room
19 July – 5 August, 2018
Backwoods Gallery
25 Easey St, Collingwood 3066

Join us for the exhibition opening on Friday 20 July, 6 – 8pm.
Full catalogue here.

“Mother says there are locked rooms inside all women; kitchen of lust,
bedroom of grief, bathroom of apathy…”
– from ‘The House’ by Warsan Shire
The Blanket

“In My Room is the telling title of Helen Gory’s newest body of works – at once an invitation and a provocation. Strongly symbolist in nature and style, she has created a blueprint that challenges the viewer to encroach on her personal space; both as audience and interrogator.

Gilt-laden images are scratched into the paper, challenging its singular appearance. I am reminded of Austrian-born artist Gustav Klimt, who once said something like ‘art is a line around your thoughts’. This idea resonates throughout Gory’s works, which are at once deeply personal and universal. Draw a line; make a point; take a stand; risk something.

Gory’s oil-stick women delve backwards into unrevealed pockets of spaces, memories compartmentalised into separate ‘rooms’. Her challenge – and ours – is to slowly, carefully unpack these subtle chimeras; expose their interior to the outer world. Woman with Leaf speaks loudest without uttering a word. Verging on naïve, these night-shade women hover between darkness and illumination. Their talisman tools may well be props; striking a pose which both regales and invites us inside.”

– Vicki Finkelstein, Art Curator