‘The only true voyage of discovery, the only really rejuvenating experience would not be to visit strange lands, but to possess other eyes, to see the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to see the hundred universes that each of them sees.’ Marcel Proust ‘The Captive’
Catherine Pilgrim’s latest body of work examines the process of drawing and the subjective nature of representation. The images have been compiled from digitally scanned fragments of personal photographs as well as scanned fragments of the artist’s lithographs. Textures of the everyday are reflected in Pilgrim’s subjects – food, fabric, clothing and other domestic elements.
For Pilgrim, memory and personal history are understood as essential elements of the process of drawing. Options in Servitude focuses on fragments pulled from larger images in an attempt to engage with Roland Barthes’ idea of the ‘punctum’ (the highly personal and deeply meaningful aspect of a photograph), while questioning the identification of the focal point in any given representation. The shift from analogue drawing to digital scan is crucial in this regard, and serves to introduce an element of distance between each image and its original incarnation. As Pilgrim explains, ‘Capturing’ of a referent is relevant to all representational images, and these pictures attempt to capture not only the subject but also a little something of the interpretive process.’
Catherine Pilgrim lives and works in Castlemaine, Victoria. Her works are held in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia. This is her second solo exhibition at red gallery.