Shoufay Derz, Mu I, 2018. Bronze tongue, chalk sticks, dimensions variable. Courtesy: the artist and GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide.
Shoufay Derz’s practice, through photography, sculpture and video installation, investigates the limits and possibilities of language, and the ambiguities faced when attempting to visually articulate the unknown.
Informed by contemporary framings of the sublime, cultural heritage, and memorialisation, her work looks at the creative tension which is created by the dialogue between materiality and absence, between known and unknown worlds. The elegiac artworks are simultaneously a lament on the transience of life, and a celebration of its mystery. Her works harness diverse materials including the life-cycle of silk moths, glass, metals, textiles, eucalyptus, ink and pure indigo pigment.
Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Wednesday 3 July 2019