Changing Places

10 February > 8 March 2017

IMAGE > (wall work) I-Yen Chen, Islands and needles (installation view), 2017, ceramic. (floor work) I-Yen Chen, Last night, I dreamed that we crossed the border (installation view), 2017, ceramic and sand. Photograph: David Marks Photographer.

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Changing Places is a response to Linden's temporary relocation in 2017. Five artists explore the notions of “change” and “place”; peeling back the layers to find what it means to them, to their worlds & practices.

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As we move through the spaces we occupy, we leave behind marks, which evidence our presence. These marks, usually unnoticed, trace the methods, direction and frequency of our movements. The works for this exhibition are a result of several mapping investigations undertaken in public urban spaces. Mapping the physical qualities of urban space and the activities of those they accommodate at different times reveal the changing nature and ambient qualities of the spaces and places we are familiar with.


Ceramic Petals, explores the idea of “travelling” and “settlement”. The work is draws from my experience as an international artist. In early 2015, I flew from Taiwan to Australia to start a new life and a creative journey. The contrasts of culture, language and landscape between the two lands constantly stimulate me. The ceramic petals are my response to the changing spaces. Each petal is a splintered memory of my home island, as well as a fragment that joins with others to form a new continent.


Tenses investigates the nature of transition as it occurs through me and space. Using the unique properties of lenticular printing, the work studies the lexical ambiguities associated with me-based tenses, using singular optical vantage points to allow the viewer to transition through past, present and future tenses as they navigate the gallery space. To be viewed, Tenses quite literally requires a change of place – the dynamic movement of the viewer is required in order to perceive the work transitioning from one state to another.


My intervention examines the changing state of domestic architecture via the means of contemporary photographic and site-specific practices. My work for this exhibition will take imagery from St Kilda houses and transform elements in the gallery to appear as the facades of local homes. This aims to question where and how Australians are living, and how this is changing.


In Upside down Fengshui, changing places is contemplated as a practice embodied in the everyday life of migrants. With the aim of adapting well to new habitats, changing places is a way to survive and create familiarity. Through interaction with others and the exchange of their ideologies, beliefs and cultural traditions, migrants diversify and transform a place into a hybrid of various cultures. In this place, different cultures are mingled and experienced in fragments. Inside the amalgamation, the functions of things are dislocated and expanded; signs are disconnected with the usual signified and designated to new ones. Things appear difficult to read due to the strong sense of familiarity.