12 August - 27 August
Opening night: 11 August, 6pm
As an ongoing practice-led investigation, Order/Disorder investigates how the synergy of photography and alternative aesthetic modes represent mental illness. With specificity to Bipolar Affective Disorder, the works act as a partial solution and aim to represent the disorder outside of certain stigmatised discourses derived from western culture.
Order/Disorder draws synergies between seemingly disparate concepts, materials and subject matter to readdress preconceived pictorial representations of mental illness. Isabelle Osbourne’s partially abstracted images have been produced through the application of pharmaceutical compounds used to treat mania, hypomania and depression to exposed and unexposed photographic material. The organic structure of the materials acts analogously for the human mind, allowing viewers to witness the pharmaceutical compound’s efficacy visually.
Order/Disorder is a work derived from family narrative to challenge the western notion of dualism, which attempts to sustain a modern fantasy. Normality is but a myth, and obscure beauty lies in the ambiguity of disorder.
About the artist
Isabelle Osborne, the cross-disciplinary artist/designer/illustrator/photographer behind La Lune Design, is an emerging Fremantle based creative and recent graduate of Curtin University, WA. Currently undertaking her Bachelor of Arts (Honours), her current practice focuses upon Experimental Analogue methods of photography and metaphorical links held between materials and the mind. Through practice-led research methodologies, she is currently involved in investigating ways to confront negative pictorial representations held towards marginalised and stigmatised groups within hegemonic discourses. Namely, her ongoing project Order/Disorder seeks to re-present mental illness in ways that seek the ‘beauty’ in its inherent ambiguity. Her work is highly influenced by an appreciation of the philosophical-aesthetic of wabi-sabi: an appreciation of beauty in obscurantism, of growth and decay; of all things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.
Image: Isabelle Osbourne, Order / Disorder 093 (anti-psychotic) (detail), 2016, archival inkjet print. 39cm x 61cm.