ARTIST IN RESIDENCE : Genevieve Memory

Sculptors QLD invites you to OBJECT MEMORY POEM, an immersive installation by SQ's concluding artist-in-residence Genevieve Memory. Genevieve's interdisciplinary visual arts practice is centred around portraiture and self-portraiture, her overarching themes being identity and the mind. Her residency outcome reflects her interest in sustainable art practices, the history of objects as relics of material culture, the ability of objects to act as memory-keepers and how our identities are informed by our relationship to objects. Come and see what Genevieve has been up to!


Closing Event SATURDAY 14th November 6:30-8:30pm (refreshments provided)

Extended open studio hours with the artist on:

SUNDAY 15th November 1pm-3pm

MONDAY 16th November 10am-2pm


THE SHED - Behind Old Museum Building: 480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills 

Image: Dress Shop Window Wonderland, 2020, photo: Terry Memory

Genevieve Memory's interdisciplinary visual arts practice is centred around portraiture and self-portraiture, her overarching themes being identity and the mind. She also works in composing, curation and arts writing.

Her interest in trans-disciplinary mark-making and in challenging traditional visual art codes and conventions is paralleled by her belief that people have more in common than in difference.

Genevieve's expanded practice combines painting and sculpture with fabric and textiles to create hybrid art objects imbued with poetic resonance; her textural colour field abstractions explore the inner workings of the mind; and her contemporary tonal realist portraits tell the stories of everyday people through an egalitarian lens.

The semiotics of the dress, Genevieve's rolling project, challenges viewers to reconsider rigid gender and identity boundaries in contemporary society by interrogating the sign-value of women’s clothing and its relationship to gender bias. Many theorists including Eco, Barthes and Wilson have proposed that clothing functions as a system of signs, or a kind of language. By using women’s clothing in her practice, she aims to engage viewers in a discussion about what it means to identify or be identified as a woman, non-binary or other person today.  This work is important in the broader context because gender equality for women has not been achieved in Australia - women and girls of all identities continue to face disadvantage and discrimination due to persisting conscious and unconscious biases, evidenced by realities such as the widening gender pay gap. 
Genevieve argues that clothing and textiles are universal, transcending cultural boundaries, and that through the concept of absence presence and with a hint of the uncanny, the women's clothing she uses stands in for the women themselves.