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LEE MATHERS
If you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you

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'Well, now that we have seen each other,' the Unicorn said to Alice, 'if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you'

It’s that simply ineffable space between the physical world of the day to day and that of unique memory, the transitional zone between conscious and unconscious psychic process, that continues to possess an inexorable dynamism and genesis of inspiration for Sydney based glass artist Lee Mathers. In what will be her first solo show for NG Art Gallery, If You’ll Believe in Me, I’ll Believe in You, Mather’s unites elements of Scottish folklore, layers of latent memory and a subtle reference to Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking Glass’ in an artistic exploration of perception and consciousness as a intermediary space between past, present and future and in turn articulates ‘what you see’ as really dependent on ‘how you see.’

 

Initially, the work created for this exhibition began to manifest while Mather’s was on a return trip to Lybster, a sleepy village on the east coast of Scotland. The rich cultural histories embedded in the town’s dramatic coastal location, coupled with a seemingly endless light display of mirror-like hues flooding the landscape from sunrise to sunset, combined to form a circumstance in which “the legends of Scottish folklore, particularly those relating to magical beasts were completely believable.” What would have been, given any other circumstance, an impromptu afternoon with 3 white highland ponies, instead became, in that place, at that time, a chance encounter with a little piece of Unicorn legend and for Mather’s, a locus of the threshold between her physical and psychical worlds of experience.

 

Through a combination of glass as a sculptural medium, fabric, projection, and a perpetual fascination with the “interplay between light and shadow” the collections of work for this exhibition articulate Mather’s faith in the ability to believe and the psychological processes involved in pursuing those beliefs. “For me” Says Mather’s, “this creative exploration began with unicorns in the Scottish highlands and has somehow ended with origami Cranes in Sydney.”

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