Historical Evidence, Collected Memories, and the Power of Language

Josie Wadelton

Artist Statement

I create situations in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function. By applying specific combinations and certain manipulations, different functions and/or contexts are created.

My works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse.

Time and memory always play a key role.

Portrait photograph by Miyuki Mardon

Research and Process

I work in a variety of media. This includes painting and drawing on canvas, digital painting, collage, soft sculpture, film, app art and installation. A key element in my practise is the research, discovery and investigative process which translates into a search for material elements such as paper, texture, fonts, symbols, and numbers. This process then forms the basis for an artwork.

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery”
-Lucian Freud

Inspirational Model

My primary source of inspiration is derived from Classical Antiquity European and Asian cultures. Major influences have been Surrealism, Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism. And the Unseen Universe of the Human Imagination.

I am an ardent follower of the works of the great English Romantic poets Keats, Shelley and Coleridge and the cinematic works of Peter Greenaway, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and Maya Derem.

My work encompasses paintings, collage, installation, as well as digitally manipulated images printed on canvas and photographic paper.

By focusing on techniques and materials, the work then generates diverse meanings. Associations and meanings collide. Space becomes time and language becomes image.

Josie is a long time resident artist at Artist’s Studio 106 in St Kilda.

Visit her profile at 106art.com under the Artist tab.