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Quest Into the Black Field: An Exploration of Hypnogogic Imagery and Other Hallucinations

Quest Into the Black Field: An Exploration of Hypnogogic Imagery and Other Hallucinations

Amina McConvell

Opening 06.06.15 6-8pm
Artist Talks 27.06.15 6-7pm

This installation is part of a larger body of work titled Hypnogogic by Darwin based artist Amina McConvell. Hypnogogic is currently appearing in various guises as a series of sight-specific works at a number of venues between Yogyakarta (Indonesia), Sydney, Alice Springs and Darwin in 2015.

Quest into The Blackness: An Exploration of Hypnogogic Imagery and Other Hallucinations,
explores the phenomena of visual hallucinations from a range of different perspectives, from Neuroscience to spiritualist ‘Vision Quests’; from the movement to the aesthetics of psychedelia, McConvell nods to all of these influences; the kitschy and the minimal, the out-there, the scientific and the retro.

The making of this particular installation was based on a self-styled vision quest where by the artist documented imagery associated with any unusual visual phenomena she experienced, including: hypnogogic imagery (this is imagery which occurs in the period directly before sleep) and other hallucinations induced by migraine, heat stroke and grief. In many of these experiences the artist notes that the imagery encountered is typically internal imagery; abstract and somewhat anarchic in its formlessness, imagery can be described as coloured blobs of light and geometric patterns whirling around in blackness. Evocative of an intergalactic landscape, spatial distortions occur, as abstract forms in motion appear to move arbitrarily across a black field of vision and occasionally false images are projected onto the word outside.

This work was developed during a recent one-month residency at Krack! Screen Print Studio, Yogyakarta (Jogja), and takes many of its cartoonagrphic stylistic cues from the street art scene in Jogja. This installation includes a series of screen prints on wood that were produced from Amina’s designs by Rudi (Lampung) Hermawan |Studio Manager and master printer at Krack! Print Studio.

*The development of this project was supported by the Australia Council for the Arts Artstart Program and Arts NT The Northern Territory Government.


Based in Darwin in the NT, Amina McConvell constructs large-scale sculptural installations; combining mural painting with drawing and sculpture. Amina's creative practice is multifaceted and experimental, incorporating independent research, curatorial projects and project development.

Amina graduated from the National Art School (Painting), Sydney, 2007, and in 2011 completed a honours at Charles Darwin University (Darwin, 2012). Amina’s graduate work; Uncertainty Factors was curated into Hatched: The National Graduates Exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), where she received a honourable mention.

In 2012/13 Amina received a Darmasiswa Scholarship from the Indonesian Institute of Art, Yogyakarta (Jogja), supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust. In Jogja Amina co-curated a research project with Lashita Situmorang; The Poetic Everyman Project: Exploring Mythology in the Contemporary Context , a research collective comprised of 8 artists from Indonesia, Australia, England and America. This project was presented at Sangkring Art Space (Jogja, 2013) & the Darwin Visual Art Association (Feb, 2014).

In 2014 undertook a Gertrude Contemporary, Studio 18 residency and also received an Arts NT Emerging Artists Award and an Australia Council, Artstart grant - enabling her to complete an internship at Warmun Art Centre (Kimberley, WA) and a residency at the Krack! Studio, Jogja. 2014 Amina initiated The Free Space Studio with the support of arts NT, and Darwin Community Arts an accessible art program focused on professional outcomes artists with disabilities.

In 2015 Amina is touring her new body of work Hypnogogic at Krack! Studio, Verge Gallery/University of Sydney, First Draft (Sydney) and Watch This Space (Alice Springs) .

Earlier Event: April 1
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