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The Feeling Of What Happens

Exhibition 2004

Entrepot Main Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


The title of this exhibition was named after the book, The Feeling of What Happens: Body, Emotion and the making of Consciousness, by neurologist, Antonio Damasio. He proposes that emotion, like the instinctual feeling of fight or flight, precedes reason and like consciousness, is aimed at the organism’s survival; both emotion and consciousness is rooted in representation of the body.

Cut out shapes of my body, which map my body as posture and which I termed ‘embodied pools’ were painted and hung along with other paintings on the gallery wall in a wave formation. The paintings hung as an installation, with the seventh embodied pool lying on the floor.