Obsessed: Compelled to Make

What compels a maker to create? Why this technique or material? Why that concept? How does the mind of a maker work? Australian Design Centre presents its major touring exhibition for 2018, Obsessed: Compelled to make.

ArtGeo Gallery

Saturday 13 March 2021 10:00AM -
Sunday 18 April 2021 4:00PM

These are the stories of 14 Australian artists – stories that are at the same time unique and yet contain the frustrations and highpoints of a life of creative work that all of us can relate to, whether we are a professional artist, designer, craftsperson or hobbyist.

Gabriella Bisetto, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Honor Freeman, Jon Goulder, Kath Inglis, Laura McCusker, Elliat Rich and James B Young (Elbowrkshp), Kate Rohde, Oliver Smith, Vipoo Srivilasa, Tjunkaya Tapaya, Louise Weaver, Liz Williamson

Obsessed: Compelled to make explores the preoccupations that drive the creative process, moving beyond the finished work, to tell the hidden stories of making, uncovering the artists’ inspirations, day-to-day studio experiences, hours of expertise, and the joys and frustrations of obsession.

These makers have been chosen from across the spectrum of making – textiles, ceramics, furniture, metalwork, jewellery, conceptual art, glass blowing and sculptural weaving. Alongside the exhibition that will tour throughout Australia, the project is accompanied by a series of films and a full-length catalogue.

Obsessed: Compelled to make showcases the awe-inspiring creativity and innovation of the maker and at the same time focuses on the fundamental human need to make.” Lisa Cahill, Australian Design Centre

“This exhibition explores the act of making through the framework of obsession – how it consumes us, carrying us along in its wake, colouring every aspect of our lives. With professional artists, it is their obsessions, and all the associated angst, failures, breakthroughs and milestones, that feed the kind of productivity that could not be achieved in any other way.” Penny Craswell, Australian Design Centre

Obsessed: Compelled to make is an Australian Design Centre (ADC On Tour) national touring exhibition, presented with assistance from the Australian Government Visions of Australia program. The Visions of Australia regional exhibition touring program supports audience access to Australian arts and cultural material, with a particular focus on tours to regional and remote Australia.

Australian Design Centre is assisted by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Australian Design Centre is assisted by the New South Wales Government through Create NSW, and the Australian government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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