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Paper Mountain is a Perth based artist run initiative with a gallery, co-working space (The Common Room) and studios, located in the heart of Northbridge, WA.

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Nancy Downes

8 April - 23 April

Opening night: 7 April, 6pm


Nancy Downes’ immersive spatial and kinetic installations explore the universal emotion of grief. Between/Beyond aims to locate the material quality of grief, and how material and movement can embody the emotion as an active and processal.

The large-scale installations operate as kinetic drawings in space, installed to fit the Paper Mountain gallery. Their elements function as three-dimensional circuit diagrams of feeling and response at play. With an imposing presence, the artworks rhythmically move, contort and ricochet, mimicking the ebb and flow of affect.  

Between/Beyond offers an awareness of the self, and our own physical responses to the perpetual agony of grief.

About the artist

Nancy Downes specialises in installation, sculpture and painting. She graduated with First Class Honours from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2015, where she was also named the recipient of the 2015 Tracey Whiting Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons). Downes uses tactile materials with light and space to create immersive, enveloping works. The imagery and materiality in her work provides cues toward the body, and investigates registers of human phenomena. She is interested in the many layers that compose humans, and seeks to trace affect through figurative and psychological layers, and the gestures that bind them.

Downes is a member of Switchboard Studios in Norwood, S.A. and will be involved in several interstate exhibitions, as well as an artist residency in Japan, throughout 2017.


Image: Nancy Downes, Present Absent, 2015. Shock cord, felt, Perspex, upholstery nails, gouache.