3 Reasons to Dwell is a show about fear – fear of ghosts, curses and floods.
There are definitely more than 3 reasons to dwell at Artpuff and quietly take in Melissa Proposch’s exhibition.
Showing October 6 – 30, 2022
Opening Celebration: Friday, 7 October, 5 – 7 pm
Made up of four groups of images, A Curse in my House, A River in my House, A Body of Water and Secret House, the work explores the theme of haunted houses and haunted selves. Each piece is a ghost story, each group of work overlapping the other thematically, telling of ghosts (hauntings), floods (water) and curses (secrets).
The finished works are created using digital composites that are manipulated, often with little attempt to hide the junctions and fissures. As such, accustomed as we are to reading photographs as true, the houses feel both right and wrong at the same time, disquieting.
The imagery invites the viewer to linger, to sit with the disconcerting and the buried, and to weave their own stories of growth, decay, loss, flood, and traces of lives passed. There are definitely more than 3 reasons to dwell at Artpuff and quietly take in Melissa Proposch’s exhibition. And slightly more than 3 weeks of November in which to do it. Image: Melissa Proposch, There is a darkness, 2022 (from the series A River in My House 1-5), Digital pigment print on baryta paper on aluminium composite.
Artpuff is a new little showing and making space at the Mill in Castlemaine.Run by artists Kir Larwill and Melissa Proposch, Artpuff brings together curated exhibitions by some of our most delectable regional artists, with creative workshops for locals, tourists, business, teams and not-for-profits. Artpuff also brings extra hearts and minds to those wanting to talk business and community – to plan projects, develop business or arts governance, or generate ideas for communication and marketing of arts practice. Read Get Lost's feature article by local writer David Littlewood here.