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The Last Thing I Remember ...

12 March – 20 April 2007

University Art Gallery, University of Sydney

Jane Burton, Lily Hibberd and Brie Trennery

Kyla McFarlane

Switchback Gallery, Monash University Gippsland Campus
13 September – 12 October 2006

‘The last thing I remember ’ might suggest the recollections of someone emerging from a trauma, unconsciousness, or the fog of deep sleep. As a dramatic device, these words facilitate a drift into memory or dream, and encourage space and place to shift from present to past, or from reality to fantasy. They also articulate a moment of rupture in the narrative seam, allowing certainty to slip away and withholding the surety of cause and effect.

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.

Exhibition Catalogue:
The Last Thing I Remember ...

Image: Jane Burton, I did it for you #2, 2005, type C photograph, Monash University Collection, Melbourne