Meeting the shadow

4 Jun 2015 - 20 Jun 2015
Solo exhibition - Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

Melbourne-based artist Heidi Yardley explores uncanny worlds of the familiar and strange in her elliptical depictions of fractured imagery. Yardley’s latest series of works comprises monochromatic charcoal drawings based on collages created from the artist’s extensive archive of printed material, predominantly from the 1960s and 70s. The works straddle a variety of subjects, including the female figure, floral arrangements, historical sculpture and the Australian landscape. The exhibition title, ‘Meeting the shadow’, references Carl Jung’s psychoanalytic exploration of ‘the shadow self’ as the darker side of human consciousness. Rich in chiaroscuro and surreal aesthetics, Yardley’s new works explore the psychology of the shadow self – fragmented identity and those things that exist on the periphery of our awareness. The artist also returns to her interest in spirit photography and the notion of trickery within esoteric and psychic worlds, creating drawings that rely heavily on the photographic image.

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