The air finds it hard to breathe

FELTspace, Adelaide, 2009. Upright piano, paint, cassette tape and mixed media.

The still quietness evident in Heidi Kenyon’s works is short-lived; they have merely paused to catch their breath. The piano, firmly wedged within the gallery wall, is momentarily stuck after flurry of key-striking hyper-activity. The streams of cassette tape, knotted and twisted into a quasi-web with words, have clung to the walls after whirring from their plastic cases. Now defunct sources of sound, Kenyon imbues the worn-out piano and tangled tape with a new energy. As soon as we turn our backs they will skulk, then bustle, then whizz around the space in a buzz of noisy action, their movements no longer thwarted by our presence.

In the lives of these artworks, we are the ‘stalkers’. Rather than their rhythmic sounds sneaking up on us in the supermarket, the elevator, while driving or looping relentlessly in our heads, we are now invading their space of surreal reality, the place where Kenyon renders their life-force visible. Whether stalking or being stalked, the fantastical shadows looming from Kenyon’s created world feel ominous.
If you turn your back - beware.

Sera Waters, 2009


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