Wollongong Gallery until August 28, 2022
The exhibition There’s a Crack in Everything takes its evocative title from the refrain of the 1992 Leonard Cohen song. Developed by Carrie Lumby, the exhibition pairs leading contemporary artists with artists who have lived experience of mental and emotional distress to co-create works that translates these experiences as a way of making meaning from them. Through the public’s experience of these works, the exhibition aims to communicate openly about, and help dispel the stigma and prejudice associated with, these common human experiences that we can all be vulnerable to.
Through self-expression, art becomes a therapeutic activity that offers an opportunity for contemplation, self-honesty, and vulnerability. The process of healing through art does not fall on the artwork itself but is in the process of creation. If one creates, one tries to get better.
There’s a Crack in Everything supports the notion that visual and symbolic expression is a powerful form of communication that gives voice to experience and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation.
Tina Havelock Stevens, GOAT BEAT, 2022, Single-channel video with sound, 1 min, 33 seconds, Filmed and edited by Tina Havelock Stevens plus stills.