Everything you always wanted to know about Shags but were afraid to ask … is now written on the walls of CCAS Manuka. The life of Shags in fact is revealed through a non-figurative self portrait where she uses index cards and the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Well, sort of. Shags autobiography is broken up and distilled into book titles for each year and information contained refers to much bigger stories that you, the audience construct in your minds. Leaving it to us, Shags appears to be providing a little too much information when the opposite is true. Her post modern dewey system is only the first step on the way to finding that no-one ever fully knows another person. That was the word of the punters at the opening last night … hey we don’t know Shags at all even if she is ubiquitous. One thing we do know about her, however, is that she’s mightily clever and more often that not her irreverent ideas come with a highly refined sense of humour.
920.01.SHA Made possible by the generous Canberra Contemporary Art Space Emerging Artists’ Residency Award from the 2017 ANU School of Art & Design Emerging Artist Support Scheme
At CCAS MANUKA until 31 March