Hatched: local artists breaking out

Kate Purnell, Reporter

The graduate art show Hatched is now in motion at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). The exhibitions will be on display for public viewing until July 7.

In all 18 artists from across the country, who have recently completed or are soon to complete their studies, were selected by head curator Charlotte Hickson to have a series of their work exhibited.

Stephanie De Biasi is one of three artists from WA whose work is featured in Hatched. De Biasi’s pieces combine two and three-dimensional elements, and are predominately sculptures.

Specific attention is paid to colour in De Biasi’s work. Marketing and advertising techniques are closely examined – particularly the way they use colour to engage their audiences.

Society’s consumerist culture is a recurring theme in De Biasi’s pieces. Many of them include mass-produced objects, which she refines, commenting on the excessive quantities people buy.

A piece titled Red of Spades by De Biasi is featured in the exhibition. The creation process was extended as De Biasi grappled with creating complicated vessel shapes through trial and error. The final product, however, is one of her stronger pieces.

Creating new work and adapting older pieces to be sustainable for the duration of the show was a challenge for De Biasi. Transporting the artwork was difficult and she said some pieces broke during this process.

De Biasi’s display in Hatched is intended to inspire a “sense of familiarity” and to work as an area for viewers to “interact”.

William Kitely is another WA artist whose work is featured. His work is targeted at 18 to 23-year-olds, with the intent to inspire viewers to “reassess their ideas of self” in terms of masculinity and gender fluidity.

Inspired by his time as a youth liaison officer in rural communities, Kitely explained the direct influence hypermasculinity is having on rural towns. Its cultivation in enclosed environments leads to negative impacts as the male stereotype is pushed.

Prior to studying art, Kitely travelled nationally and internationally for skateboarding. During this time the skate scene oozed a sense of hypermasculinity and, according to Kitely, this environment shaped his initial understanding of what it means to be male.

Kitely’s space in Hatched features two cast concrete works and two video pieces. They portray Kitely’s journey of self-reflection and challenge the ingrained ideas he had of what it means to be male.

The support from the other artists in the lead up to Hatched has been integral to him, and both artists  have a  sense of nerves, excitement and relief when receiving feedback from the public.

De Biasi has a series of upcoming residencies after Hatched, including collaborative work with established artist Peter Dailey. Following this, De Biasi said a trip around Australia is on the cards to explore the direction art is taking in the bigger cities over east, and in the countryside.

After his graduation this year, Kitely said he will be striving to take on a printmaking internship in Japan or Korea to learn the art of traditional woodcuts, aesthetics and ink works.