During 2016 each of the six epicormia artists are focusing on eight months of self-directed research and development in studios while working remotely around the country in places as far North as Yeppoon, Queensland as far south as Gippsland Victoria and at private artist studios located in the Northern Rivers including Ballina,The Channon and Lismore.
Artist Jeremy Hawkes says:
I have been a practicing artist for over 25 years, working across many different media with a more recent focus on mark-making / drawing and digital imagery. I am interested in the Body as the first site of architecture we navigate and the intersections between this, pathology, and identity.
Using Epicormia as a starting point, I have researched contemporary theories on neuro-evolution and the biology of the self. Starting with mark making in response to these ideas I have attempted to engage myself as an epicormic agent, responding to my own pathological and neurological limitations in pushing ideas forward…and sideways.
I have delved into digital photography, returned to sculpture as a means of accessing the body’s response and continued to draw – ever more expansively and obsessively.