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“Annabel Dixon has been furiously
working for nearly a decade in her
enormous West Perth studio since
graduating from Curtin University. She
had a solo show at Fremantle Art Centre
in 2008, has works in the collections
of Janet Holmes à Court and Curtin
University, and it seems this year she is
confidently coming into her own.
Her recent solo show at the new Galleria
space in East Perth was testament to this
(put Galleria on your list of galleries to
watch, if you haven’t already). Entitled
Return to Form, this show was a timely
‘re-emergence’ of an important and truly
idiosyncratic practice in Western Australia.
Annabel works in a productively
solipsistic way – not unlike Eva Hesse –
overly courteous local art scene. Stunning
work, formidable presence, relentless in
the pursuit of a singular contemporary art
practice – defi nitely one to watch.”
Leigh Robb, curator, Pe r th Institute
of Contemporary Arts.
“Annabel works in a
productively solipsistic way
not unlike Eva Hesse – in
a studio overflowing with
materials, papers, books,
stationery and carefully
labelled boxes stacked from
floor to ceiling”
in a studio overflowing with materials,
papers, books, stationery and carefully
labelled boxes stacked from floor to ceiling.
Drawn to grids and systems, she die cuts
thousands of circles from atlases, the
verso of envelopes and porn magazines,
creating tiny paper globes, secret worlds,
new private geographies that span the
office, bedroom and continent. For years
Annabel has also been hounding local
commercial printers for all their off-cuts
so that she can weave them together into
Mondrian-like grids, like a Broadway
Boogie Woogie in CMYK.
Annabel is also a vocal provocateur –
attending more exhibitions than anyone
I know – challenging her artistic peers
and all of us, and is fearless in offering
constructive criticism in an otherwise
BELOW Ann a bel Dixo n, Envy Balls (detail) (2010-current)
ABOVE RIGHT Annabel Dixon, Framework (detail) (2012)
RIGHT Annabel Dixon, installation view.
OPPOSITEKathryn Haug, Pear. Oil on board.
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