Justine Varga, ‘Leafing #2’, 2018. Chromogenic photograph, edition of 5, 155 x 122cm. Courtesy: the artist and Hugo Michell Galley, Adelaide.
Justine Varga’s artistic practice demonstrates a sustained interrogation of what we assume photographs to be, and what we expect them to do. Utilising physical manipulations of the material surfaces she works with, Varga touches, smears and inverts negatives, she layers and overlaps exposures, she retains the visual residue of their processes of becoming.
Etymologically speaking, the word areola has its roots in Latin, originally referring to a small, open space. Areola also refers to those small spaces between lines or cracks on a leaf or an insect’s wing.
Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Thursday 7 February 2019