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In her new exhibition Elizabeth Gower wrote the phrase 'he loves me, he loves me not' 21,319 times symbolically representing a lifetime of seeking male approval.
Gower's installation at RMIT Gallery is an extension of a small perishable work initially created in Paris in 2007. In New York in 2009, the idea was presented as chalk inscriptions on black walls and as a performance included in ‘Live in the Limo’ (auspiced by AC Institute, New York) at the 2009 Armory Show in which participants were invited to pluck petals off a daisy while asking the question. This ‘game’ of subtraction results in an answer, albeit based on chance, but the new RMIT installation involves a compulsive process of addition with the implication that despite a lengthy process no conclusion is possible, rendering the quest futile.
In this floor talk, Gower will discuss how the opportunity to develop the project into a large scale, site-specific installation (consisting of 20 lengths of semi- transparent drafting film, each approximately 80 cm x 600 cm, suspended between the ceiling and the floor, each inscribed with the handwritten phrase ‘he loves me, he loves me not’) has had a direct correlation to the concept and content of the work. In particular the relentless repetition of the phrase 'he loves me, he loves me not' and the ephemerality of the long drops of suspended drafting film add to the implied futility of continually asking a question to which there can never be a fixed answer.
Elizabeth Gower has held over 30 one-person exhibitions throughout Australia and in New York, Paris, Sharjah and London. She is represented by many notable public collections including the the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Australian National Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery as well as Monash, Tasmanian, Deakin and Queensland University collections; and numerous private collections in Australia, France, Italy, UAE, UK and USA. Gower has a Master of Arts from RMIT and a PhD from Monash University.
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