Between You and Me: Still
Hand made felt, sewn constuction (Mary Lou), cast houses (Leah Decter)
between you and me: still
Mary Lou Trinkwon • Leah Decter
‘Between you and me’is a collaboration between artists and long time studio-mates Mary Lou Trinkwon and Leah Decter. ‘still’, the first piece in this series, marks the beginning of an exploration into aspects of vulnerability, isolation and difference as they play out in both public and private spheres.
Trinkwon’s creative process is informed by her initial training as an artist in performance, dance and theatre. She works from a theatrical tradition that develops characters and creates environments. Decter’s work is rooted in social and political issues that intersect with aspects of her experience and history. A desire to explore the conditions and interactions underlying these issues drives her practice. Both are drawn to the use of techniques, materials and images that are located within the everyday, working with the familiar as a foundation from which to peel back layers of convention.
Materials and processes play integral conceptual roles in both artists practices. Working with labour intensive processes they bring into the work a physicality that references human presence. In ‘still’ this presence is heightened through the use of felted wool, a material which connects to the body both through the sensuality of its texture and the process of its construction.