Title: New Dressing, Old Wounds
Medium: wool, band-aids, photographs
Dimensions: 61.5 x 123 cm
This image evolved from old family photos taken in war ravaged Frankfurt post WW2. To me the handmade dresses symbolise a new beginning, where a sense of humour is essential, however dark. The band-aid and the stitching seem trivial as a means of repair given the devastation, however, I see this is a starting point for renewal.
The relationship between the body and social conditioning has been a central theme in Indra’s ongoing inquiry. Her works often confront reality in an effort to untangle it, to explore what is mysterious in everyday things, in life, in human acts, with her paintings often asking more questions than providing answers. She investigates the mysterious relationship between humanity and the contexts affecting it and, in so doing, addresses the uncertainty that breathes in the shadows. Her artwork thematically is best described as pertaining to the human condition in the context of being female, and touches on concepts of beauty, ageing, domestic spaces, suburbia and death. Throughout her career her subject matter has remained constant, although her latest works investigates this theme further.
Indra Geidans graduated from Curtin University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Art) and in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art - Printmaking). She has held 14 solo exhibitions and exhibited both nationally and internationally in Germany, Switzerland and Latvia. Indra has been a practicing visual artist for 30 years and her work can be found in many local and Government collections including the Art Gallery of WA, Edith Cowan University, University of Western Australia and the Federal Law Courts of Australia.