Hardenvale - our home in Absurdia / by Kellie O'Dempsey


Hardenvale - our home in Absurdia
Rayner Hoff Project Space, National Art School NSW, Australia
28 March - 20 April 2019
Kellie O’Dempsey, Catherine O’Donnell and Todd Fuller 
Funded by Australia Council for the Arts, with support from Create NSW, The NSW Artists’ Grant (NAVA)
Also supported by the Parramatta Artist Studios and Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence program

Hardenvale – our home in Absurdia is a real-scale, immersive, house-like environment by Australian artists Catherine O’Donnell, Kellie O’Dempsey and Todd Fuller. Through drawing, projection, built form, sound and movement, this collaborative project references the architecture of 1960s Western Sydney Government housing as well as spaces the group describe as ‘the cultural fringe of Australia’.

Crossing three generations, these artists’ re-imagine lived domestic space while expanding the practice of drawing to create an intimate and unsettling experience. Harvesting images from personal narratives of imperfect moments (both familiar and strange), Hardenvale is a humble dwelling made from drawing in which to spend, loose or ind time. This installation invites visitors to reflect on their own experiences and memories of home.

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Credits | Images - Silversalt Photography, Peter Morgan and the National Art School // Video - Sound: Mick Dick and Cinematography: Emma Conroy