TomboyBill | 28 September -14 October

TomboyBill | offcut
28 September-14 October

Exhibition Opening Saturday
30 September 2-4 pm

Artist Bio

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Head In The Clouds Again (daily life can be such a yawn small

Self Portrait If I Were A Half-Cat small

The Sometimes Disposition small

u do u don't i do, u don't small

My Lips Got Burnt Today small

 

offcut.

TomboyBill reflects on life after taking a leap of faith from the comfortable life of

a commercial artist, to the uneasy, introspective life of the fine artist.

‘Living as a fine artist is proving to be quite a challenge. Finding the solitude,

stillness and detachment which is necessary for my work, can also leave me feeling

disconnected and cut off from the daily routine of the world. As challenging as this is,

I’m beginning to see that this is how it has to be, for my work to progress…”

And so it is in TomboyBill’s latest series of works offcut. which uses left over materials and offcuts that would otherwise have been discarded, to explore the meaning of a self-imposed physical and emotional detachment from the conventional norms of work and life.  In using materials for some greater purpose, we always leave something behind. These scraps are inevitably seen as waste, as not having any value. In fact, they are seen as an unavoidable cost. But the question is why? What happens if we challenge the nomological validity of this idea? What happens when we value the offcut, not just because it can be reused or repurposed, but because it is necessary for the greater purpose? In the same way, the artist’s detachment and discontent can be reappraised – not as being in conflict with monotony of the daily grind, but as being complementary and essential. Every action has a reaction. The artist needs to have a certain distance from the world in order to explore it, and in a sense we need the artist to feel – and be – disconnected so that we can be surprised and excited by a view of ourselves we’ve never seen before. The offcut, then becomes vital and necessary.
TomboyBill’s offcut. series challenges us to look at things differently. There is a sense of vulnerability and rawness throughout the artworks. We feel the artist’s personal journey. This work goes beyond the idea of finding a hidden beauty and value in the unloved, discarded and the abandoned, instead arguing that these things have an innate, intrinsic value.

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