Presenting her new exhibition Sailors Three at Sutton Project Space, 2014 alumna Liang Luscombe brings together for the first time three strands of her practice: furniture-making, painting and ceramics.
The exhibition features both paintings and ceramic pieces that are hung, leant and embedded in wooden furniture, which itself sits half way between sculpture and functional object. This body of work is peppered with motifs associated with the ocean and shoreline, drawn from a range of sources, including cartoons, the St Kilda foreshore, fashion and from the objects that surround Luscombe in her daily life.
With various connections to her own personal narrative, a secondary subject of the exhibition emerges, the figure of the artist. Borrowing from a number of familiar tropes: the amateur artist, the painter tucked away in the studio, and the artist in the landscape, Luscombe considers the tension contained within this figure – between the artist’s individual narrative and their social responsibilities.