Kelly Austin: A Space for Softness

With this current exhibition, A Space for Softness, Kelly Austin continues to experiment with form-types while shifting her focus from the generalised contemplation invited by still life works to a more forensic exploration of looking. Here she questions the connections between perception and expectation encouraging the viewer to use the eye of an investigator as well. How carefully do we look? How might what we see help build meaning out of form, surface, colour and object relationships? And, as this work also asks, what are the ways in which broader concerns might be signalled through still life composition? These are the concerns at work here.