Duration: 21 - 22 March 2018
Hours: 9am – 5pm
Sillage: (n.) the scent that lingers in the air, the trail left in water, the impression made in space after something or someone has been gone; the trace of someone’s perfume.
Is it possible to depart from the construct of linear time and trespass on the past, or the future, or a parallel existence? Can we reach deep into the heart of a memory and render its shape, texture, colour and form – not as it was, but as it is: a present moment experience?
For her first solo exhibition, Sillage, Sydney-based artist Vicki Lee explores the ambiguous nature of sensory memory and the challenge of capturing its evasive essence. Immersed in the creative process, Lee describes a prolonged sensation of timeless, formless euphoria – like the final moments of a blissful lucid dream. “Ever since I was a child, I can remember these déjà vu like experiences that would float through me, as if I’ve been transported to another form of existence,” she explains. “I am still myself and remain completely conscious, but it feels like I’m experiencing someone else’s memory.”
Using resin and acrylic paint applied to mirrored Perspex in thick, melting streams of colour, Lee creates whorling kaleidoscopic portholes into this abstract space – offering a glimpse into her unique experience of memory, time and consciousness.
“When I paint, I go back – or forward or sideways – to this ‘time’, this space. I am never painting an object or even an emotion. The only way I know I’m in this state of being is by a certain smell. This, I’ll never be able to fully describe.”