Conversation in Two Parts
Conversation in Two Parts approaches reenactment as a tool for emotional processing. Clay busts of family members, animation software and crudely constructed sets are used to revisit situations, offering alternative & imagined outcomes that consolidate experiences of shame with methods for self-empowerment.
The work is motivated by a desire for self-improvement and a need to regain a sense of agency. Here reenactment allows for a heightened sense of control and stability. By inserting various representations of myself into texts written by family members and close friends, Conversation in two parts aims to problematise the role of internal and external authoritative voices in the process of subjectification.
Understanding shame as an inwards looking and isolating experience, part of this project has been informed by a desire to use skill-sharing as a means for self-empowerment. In the process of making this video installation I have learnt how to produce basic animation and sound artworks. This approach echoes earlier bodies of work in which video tutorials and DIY construction have acted as a means for recovering agency in social life.
Sarah Poulgrain is a Brisbane based artist who works across video installation, ceramics, sewing, animation and audio production. Her practice is motivated by a desire to better understand experiences of shame, she approaches skill sharing as a means for self-empowerment.
Sarah completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at Queensland College of Art in 2015. She has exhibited at Rm (Auckland, Aotearoa), Success (WA), Bus Projects (VIC), Boxcopy (QLD), Visual Bulk (TAS), Metro Arts (QLD) and as a part of SafARI 2016 (NSW). She is the co-founder of Wreckers Artspace: a gallery, studio and workshop in the former Brisbane Bike Wreckers building.