Michelle Neal, After Ever: A Project
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.