Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist Penelope Cain is currently showing a paste-up project entitled Howling at the Moon on the exterior of the gallery….
“2016 seems to have shaped up as a year of geopolitical anxiety. Locally and globally events have been occurring that are unhappy, unanticipated, inexplicable or unwanted. The politics of a double dissolution, Brexit, Trumpism, ISIS- the list goes on.
Initially in response to the increasingly anxious events I tried to disengage and stop paying attention- to *unsubscribe* and instead engage with human interest narratives, word plays and even kitten videos.
Instead, after the kitten videos finished I found myself watching animal fights and politicians’ shenanigans. So I decided to metaphorically pick the scab, and make a work about the ‘anxious moment’.
HOWLING AT THE MOON is this work. In this lo-fi pasteup, using images from the internet and sourced photos, the (human) hands of a clock, constructions sites, politicians and traffic jams are circumscribed by police, armies and shamanic raven feathers. This half moon of anxiety is flanked by a chained wolf and a caged dingo, howling from the outside to that within.”
Artist Statement, 2016