Shifting Terrains – Gail Hocking (FELTSpace)

Gail Hocking, Caught within a slippage, Plaster/Latex, 15 x 9cm Image Credit: Nu Image accessed from: https://www.facebook.com/FELTspace/photos/gm.333589043518448/872556366134455/?type=1&theater
Gail Hocking, Caught within a slippage, Plaster/Latex, 15 x 9cm
Image Credit: Nu Image accessed from: https://www.facebook.com/FELTspace/photos/gm.333589043518448/872556366134455/?type=1&theater

Gail Hocking explores issues around migration, belonging and identity. Her organic anatomic-looking shapes cast in plaster (with latex) are as unsettling as they are intimate. The materiality of the work embodies and expresses the struggles of a hybrid identity. Hocking writes in her artist statement:

“In adapting to new cultures and environments there is an oscillating process between the known and unknown, insider and outsider, displacement and connection that operates together until they come to rest within a form of hybrid identity. A shift occurs in the interior landscape.”[1]

Hocking’s work touches on questions that I am exploring as well. As a South-African/Australian, the questions of identity and belonging, and how to express it with integrity shape a significant part of the developing of my art practice.

[1] http://www.feltspace.org/gail-hocking

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