Solo exhibition by Michelle Genders
28th March to 15th April 2012
Phenomenal means extraordinary. It also means that which is perceptible through the senses or immediate experience.
More is known about the mechanics of human visual perception than ever before, but it is still not known why some visual illusions occur.
More is known about the structure of the universe (or possibly universes) than ever before, yet only a small proportion of what exists can be seen directly.
Many scientific theories have been proven recently. This generates many more theories that may or may not be provable.
I can only believe what my senses tell me.
As a tiny observer of the infinite cosmic cycle of creation and destruction, what can I really understand of all that is inside and outside of me?
Why have I been deposited in this limited body, that happens to have consciousness?
Why do I exist on a planet, that happens to have life?
A planet in a galaxy located at the corner of the universe, that happens to have a wonderful view?
There is no clear answer. Still, it seems that cultivation of the beauty I can experience is one response to these questions.
The concept for this exhibition was developed during my 6 month residency at Firstdraft Depot Affordable Studios in 2011.