Home is pleased to be exhibiting work by Alichia van Rhijn next month. Join us for opening drinks on Wednesday the 11th of October. Pictured is Daydream Believer #4, 2023, glazed earthenware (this piece has an inside component that rattles)
Alichia van Rhijn, presents sculptural works that reference early memories of childhood, both before her immigration to Australia and after. A series of works have been presented, some operating as childhood self-portraits, some alluding to memories of childhood toys and some presented as ‘rattles’; asking to be held and listened to.
These multi-faceted elements and anthropomorphic forms are in a constant state of flux. Shifting and changing as they span the fluidity of time, these forms investigate phenomenological notions, alluding to personal and shared experience, memory, nostalgia and trauma. Through the use of distilled minimalist forms, symbolic and ritualistic totems are arranged throughout the space, hoping to initiate pause and contemplation.
van Rhijn’s installations catalogue her experience of displacement through material investigation, where memory and experience of place are key elements. ‘Making as thinking’ paired with an experimental approach to process and technology underpins the creation of objects that float between the real and a child-like whimsical world that elicits an urge to interact and play.
Alichia van Rhijn is a South African born Australian artist. With a background in architecture and design she has a passion for creating sculptural and installation-based objects and forms that examine memory, trace, trauma, experience and loss. Solo shows include; ‘A Sense Of Being’, Gallerysmith (2019); ‘The Middle Distance’, Boom Gallery (2019); ‘My Mother Told Me (Never Wear Pink And Red Together)’, Stockroom Kyneton (2020); ‘Smoke Signals’, Stockroom Kyneton (2021); ‘Lemon Light’ at Sabbia Gallery (2022); ‘Pink Moon’ at Stockroom Kyneton (2023); and most recently ‘Sweet Spot’ at Curatorial+Co (2023).