Love In Absence
Flicking through her family's photographic albums, Mercer realised one person was significantly missing from the pictures preserved there - her father. Manifested instead inside two scrapbooks of postcards sent home whilst working abroad, her father alternatively became present by the very tokens of his absence. Using this as its starting point, Love in Absence examines what is lost, missed and cherished from this absence through video, Polaroid and the artist's own postcards. Adopting her childhood nickname Visage du Poisson used by her father, Mercer centers the work on a space that, although promised, failed to be used recreationally by her family, attempting to unite physically and photographically lost memory and the desire of her father's presence.
Emily Clemson • Philip Curnow • Nicola Dellard-Lyle • Julia Dudkowiak • James Head • Beverley Isaac • Aidan Mayne • Kate Mercer • Jason Peck • Sue Anne Phelan • Matt Simmons • Hannah Winston •