Shapeshifting brings together a selection of sparsely utopian imaginings by Caroline Kennedy-McCracken and Fleur Summers. Summers’ elegant, tonal work often uses recycled cardboard to model real and imagined natural constructs. Her new works on paper, ingeniously made from packing tape and little else, moves between formal exercises in space, distance and expression, and narratives of explorers of the natural world, embarking on delicate mappings of the future.
Caroline Kennedy-McCracken presents a collection of small-scale paintings on paper, where shifting vistas are united by their use of evocative colour, shape and gesture, transformed only by context. In this world, utopic glimpses dissolve into lyrical abstractions. Triangles, squares, and the line that goes for a walk are signs and shapes that fulfil shifting roles throughout this exhibition. Historically, evocations of space and possibility, the transcendent and the temporal, were cornerstones of modern formalist practice, and there are echoes of these ideas in the works of Kennedy-McCracken and Summers too.
Fleur Summers is a lecturer in the sculpture department at RMIT, Caroline Kennedy-McCracken is a PhD candidate at Monash University. This is their first joint exhibition.