Fragility: Femininity, 2012

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Fragility Femininity, 2013, Naomi O'Reilly

Fragility: Femininity 2012. Installation Still Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia. Multiple High Definition Digital Video Installation with Glass and Water.

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Fragility: Femininity 2012. Installation Detail Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia. Multiple High Definition Digital Video Installation with Glass and Water.

Fragility Femininity, 2013, Naomi O'Reilly, 3

Fragility: Femininity 2012. Installation Detail Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Australia. Multiple High Definition Digital Video Installation with Glass and Water.

Fragility: Femininity 2012. Video Except. Multiple High Definition Digital Video Installation with Glass and Water.

This new media installation work utilizes basic visual metaphors in order to provide an array of interpretations. The slow pace and subtle transitions of the videos were employed to create a calming and emotionally centered response. The glass and water allude to themes of fragility and vulnerability while the monochromatic colour scheme – featuring red – provides a broad range of understandings, suggesting connections to the human body, life and death and femininity.

Influenced heavily by the work of Ann Hamilton, this work connects to the human body, from the model in the imagery, to the circular crop corresponding to the shape of the eye. There is a connection shared between the viewer and the viewed as an audience member intrudes on these intimate moments from a viewing point of elevated empowerment.

Constructed as a triptych, the video works featured in the fish bowls are somewhat narrative in nature. They are contained and cropped within the subtle and delicate aspects of the installation, inviting the viewer to engage with the work on a close and intimate level. The larger aspects of the work, such as the wall and roof projections are more abstract in nature. Rather than giving a narrative for the viewer to respond to, they invite the audience to create their own. There are aspects of tension within the work as the bowls of water teeter, balancing on the iPad’s and the curved surface. This balancing act mirrors the audience’s interaction with the work and corresponds to the tension created between venerable subject and empowered viewer.

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