Michelle Neal, After Ever: A Project

Michelle Neal, After Ever: A Project

  • 30 May – 2 June 2018
  • Exhibition open Tuesday - Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 12-5pm.
    Closing drinks Friday 1 June 5-7pm.

  • MADA Gallery
    Monash University
    Caulfield Campus
    Building D, Ground Floor
    900 Dandenong Road
    Caulfield East Victoria 3145

  • Free, all welcome

An exhibition of work by MADA PhD candidate Michelle Neal.

After Ever: A Project investigates how a visual art practice might elucidate the diminished sense of security experienced with ambiguous loss. Ambiguous loss describes the grief that can be experienced with life-changing events such as employment termination, relationship breakdown, or forced migration from a homeland. Although this grief can be significant, it often remains unacknowledged by society. This project examines how ambiguous loss may be identified and understood in an art practice. The research focuses on themes of mastery, connection and collecting in relation to ambiguous loss, and the desire for the security of an assumptive world. The everyday materials used in the project impart a sense of security and accessibility and reflect the unceremonious and often private nature of ambiguous loss. After Ever: A Project provides new ways of understanding the methodological, material and conceptual choices made by artists whose work concerns loss, security, collecting, mastery and/or the everyday.