Jane Burton -- I did it for you no. 3 2005 Type C photograph, 114 x 114 cm Courtesy of the artist; Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne; Johnston Gallery, Perth; and Bett Gallery, Hobart.
Jane Burton | Lily Hibberd | Brie Trennery
13 September -- 12 October
Switchback Gallery, Centre for Art and Design
Monash University, Gippsland campus
12 March - 20 April
University Art Gallery, University of Sydney
Curator: Kyla McFarlane
In The last thing I remember ... three artists explore the rupture of narrative in the domestic sphere. Moving between interior and exterior, Jane Burton, Lily Hibberd and Brie Trenerry render a sequence of oblique and unsettling psychodramas, employing theatrical and filmic modes of storytelling to suggest moments of tension and intrigue -- illicit night encounters, domestic entanglements and menacing bedroom scenarios.
Together, these works can be seen as a series of narrative knots which withhold the cathartic release of the denouement, or final resolution. Partial and oppressive, deliberately circular and repetitive, they leave a tangled trail of possibilities. Their subjects are trapped in familiar environments in each instance made strange by desire, dream or anxiety. Events occur out of sight, or without easy explanation, and the air is heavy with the weight of expectation and anxiety.