‘Elastic’ considers the concept that our minds are a malleable but resilient structure continually flexing to accommodate our highs and lows. Many artists (consciously or not) tend to harness and explore this flexibility to create their bodies of work.
Now, with the growing awareness on our mental health in modern society and a much needed focus on these issues -such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, OCD, insomnia, insecurity, imposter syndrome or identity crisis to name but a few- we wanted to explore the concept further and see what positive aspects can be attached to these inner struggles.
Sometimes, terminology associated with this topic can focus on the ‘fragility’ and ‘complexity’ of our minds and how we should be more mindful of them. While all this is true, we also felt it would be important to show the strength and resilience of our minds when living with such conditions, whether it’s on a one-off or long term continuing basis.
We believe many visual artists can fall victim to these issues but simultaneously are able to slide around these states of emotions, take inspiration from the highs and lows and access it when producing and creating artwork. This exhibition showcases a selection of photography created by those who live with such mental health issues and therefore connected by our invisible theme.
“Whether it’s just an extra element of energy to assist throughout the process or it actually ends up as part of the work itself – the mind becomes elastic, and from the extremities of these states we are influenced.” – Kate O’Neill, curator of ‘Elastic’ at CPF18 and Director at The OGC.
Elastic is a collective exhibition showcasing work by photographers, acknowledging mental health within their practice or process. Seven artists are participating under this ‘invisible theme’ and will show existing or new photography along with a body of text that expands on how ‘Elastic’ as a concept applies to them and this particular work.