Espial showcased the work of Studio Art Major and Honours graduates from the Bachelor of Digital Media at the Gold Coast Queensland College of Art under the tutorship of Dr Laini Burton. In the true spirit of observation and discovery, the artists in this exhibition take the viewer on an expansive journey motivated by the exigencies of our time.
This exhibition encompasses issues such as the legitimisation of ‘illegal’ art, identity politics hinged on religious, personal, social and technological connectedness, and the challenges being brought forth in this age of the Anthropocene. What is revealed serves as a poignant reminder of the potential for art to draw innovative conclusions while inviting open dialogue.
In the Espial catalogue essay Dr Laini Burton writes:
"Of course, the phenomenon of digital media is that it remains intangible, ephemeral and weightless, yet it is capable of conveying some of the heaviest human experiences. Packshaw’s Honours project centers on audio-video installation, incorporating these technologies to convey the journey of the unpredictable neurological effects generated by an epileptic seizure. Through first hand experience, Packshaw configures a personal response to the three stages of a tonic-clonic seizure. Because of this, he lends gravitas to an as-yet-incurable condition while positively raising a general awareness of epilepsy as a relatively misunderstood fact of life."