Words by Liam Bosecke
The concept behind Dispositioned developed through a series of conversations that the two co-workers have had ever since they started working together: Discussing what it means to be an artist and attempting to find and establish their own identities.
"It’s easy to get lost within the creative process when you work alone, but it’s during this time that the subconscious begins to mull over deeper questions and understandings of the self" explains Michelle.
"We want to share our journey of self-discovery with others and although our pieces are quite playful in appearance, they are extensions of who we are and what we are about."
As Michelle and Josh journey through their twenties, they present to you their personal experiences and world views through both painted and illustrated imagery. The self described "low brow" presentation of their work breathes personality and believability into their artistic explorations. Even the choice of material to present the work on tells the viewer a story, exemplified through Michelle's use of skateboards and differently shaped wooden panels. Her work takes form through pop-surrealist characterisations of experience; speaking earnestly of order and chaos through organic and alien lifeforms.
Josh's prolific nature allows him to create an erratic and compelling atmosphere through a vast range of experimental portraits. Interpreting the human condition and presenting their experiences to the world in a surreal fashion allows for a form of ultra-realism to be presented to the viewer on an emotional level.
"We make work which is a direct representation of us as artists and us as human beings" says Josh.
"Some ideas may seem to be "random" and "sporadic" but they are influenced by the current happenings of our lives with our work evolving continuously as we do so."
Josh and Michelle's work compliment each other beautifully. Both artists unintentionally explore and interpret their universes in similar fashions; embodying psychological and emotional states through characterised archetypes and whimsical visualisations. Art lovers are advised not to miss out on this exhibition, open your hearts to bizarre possibilities.
Dispositioned will be running during the 2018 Fringe Festival from the 23rd of February until the 18th of March at the Adelaide City Library.