ALEX SETON SOLO
3rd December – 5th February, 2023
In this exhibition of new work, multidisciplinary artist Alex Seton will explore the possibilities of combining glass and stone to consider the themes of memory and place and how they relate to Australia’s history of migration.
Inspired by the archives of the Electric Lamp Manufacturers of Newcastle Glassworks and Lenora Glassworks, as well as stories of the many ship-jumpers incarcerated at The Lock-Up, the exhibition will engage with Australia’s colonial past as a penal colony and as a place for forgetting, both deliberate and accidental.
In combining glass and stone, Seton will seek to reflect on the experience of the prisoners once held in the lightless, windowless cells of The Lock-Up. Glass being a medium of light (hope/memory) and stone being a medium of permanence (place/history), the two mediums have an opportunity to intermingle with the confined architecture of a place that has its many stories written on its walls.