"The frames that remain"
Elyse de Valle
Opening: Wednesday 15 February, 6–8pm
Dates: 15 February – 11 March 2017
A frame distinguishes information that may contradict features of how one desires to portray a subject, object, experience or self; partitioning our identity conditional to situational concerns. Traditionally within art, frames are a point of difference for an exhibition space and an artwork. However, frames are an object designed with particular requirement, structural integrity, skill and attention. They complement and strengthen an exhibition or artwork and are archived with the same respect as one.
The marble frame featured in ‘The frames that remain’ acts as a monument, functioning as a tool to reflect on the history of framing and art. My work as an artist has been supported and influenced by work with institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria. This opportunity lead to the consideration of the frames that remain and the position one may take as an emerging artist. The exhibition contemplates the ephemerality of art and the value of creative labour when it is not seen or exhibited. This project details framing as a trope for my interest in what was once seen and what was likely unseen.
Elyse de Valle is an emerging artist who utilises materials and site to express the conceptual concerns of her practice. De Valle’s work explores little known narratives that permit her contemplation of creative labour, memories, loss and experience. It is often a pursuit to trace and respond to social history, reflecting on how memory is encoded directly and indirectly within the built form.
Elyse de Valle completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honors in 2012 and a Masters of Fine Art in 2015 at Monash University. She worked at the National Gallery of Victoria and currently works at Museums Victoria and from her studio at Artery Cooperative. De Valle has held numerous shows around Melbourne as well as undertaking residencies in Carrara and Noepoli, Italy and San Francisco, USA.
Exhibition documentation by Christo Crocker.