A study of woman

Jon Liddell and Kristine Uebergang are local artists who have used the camera to explore their personal responses to womens self-consciousness.

Of course, in such a field of investigation nothing is black and white, so its ironically apt that the artworks in Quickening are all black and white photographs. But there is much of the subtle graduation and ethereal play of light that only black and white photography can elicit.

Quickening is the latest exhibition from Armisteads Gallery in Wyrallah Road, Lismore.

The artists, from differing backgrounds, of different gender, and differing photographic practices, respond differently to their subject. One study is personal and interior, while the other tells a sequential story. In common is the attention given to describing the experience of change when female self-consciousness is heightened and tense with new sensitivities.

My response to Jons work is a personal account about new life, born of woman, akin to pregnancy, said Kristine. The limits of the past become too great, and the desire for the future seeks another way of being.

Kristines has a beautiful ethereal quality, whereas mine is more cinematic, said Jon. But I believe they mesh well because we share the same passion for our themes and ideas. Hopefully this will be a regular collaboration.

The word quickening describes the stage of pregnancy when movement is detected. Its an apt analogy to draw attention to this exhibition.

Quickening runs until March 6.

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