The Paths Themselves Become Unstable

 14 - 29 January 2017

Paper Mountain

This exhibition explores the places that become unstable even as we traverse them: roadworks. Through painting and photography, Lydia Trethewey invites nuance into the seismic shifts in familiar landscapes that come through seemingly tedious transformations. Ongoing roadworks along Perth’s Tonkin Highway form a ground for investigation: how does the uprooting of familiar paths give us the opportunity to consider the ways we inhabit our landscape?

The Paths Themselves Become Unstable considers all factors in a quietly unfolding investigation of lived experiences of car travel: time, space, skies, dirt, vehicles, lines, directions. Bringing all of these elements together, Trethewey plays with the slippages between familiar and unfamiliar, highlighting the subtle contrasts between fluidity and stasis, habit and daydream, and the enfolding of the traveller as a part of these unstable paths.

The Paths Themselves Become Unstable challenges the assumptions that roads are a “non-place” existing between destinations, and the attitude that roadworks are an inconvenience, focusing instead on the fluidity and ephemerality of regular travel experiences.