Curated by Next Door ARI | Artwork by Zara Dudley

Presented by Next Door ARI and Metro Arts

The everyday and the sacred are united in this intimate exploration of spirituality and girlhood.

Through mediums of soft sculpture, video, collage, internet art and installation, Zara Dudley explores her personal journey of healing and recalibration of self.

Dudley endeavours to forge an interpersonal connection with her audience through interaction with a fabricated, metaphorical body; drawing upon the maxim “By healing ourselves, we heal each other. By healing each other, we heal ourselves.”

Dudley’s personal narratives are presented through the employment of found objects, unmonumental materials and a cyclical archive of supporting imagery and symbols. Intuitive composition of her installations allows Dudley to articulate aspects of spirituality that require tactility and tenderness. By creating a binary between the decrepit and beloved, she bestows the status of ‘ritualistic debris’ upon her idiosyncratic collection.

The experience of sexual, social and spiritual trauma is communicated through the construction of private rituals, ceremonies, sacraments and scripture; ultimately cultivating Dudley’s own private faith.


 Sat 20 – Sat 27 Nov, 2021


Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End


Next Door ARI
The Nextdoor Artist Run Initiative exists to champion the experimental practices of early career contemporary artists. Founded in 2020 by five emerging Meanjin (Brisbane) based artists, we endeavour to be the ‘next door’ for aspiring artists, providing opportunities for artistic development and personal growth. With a current focus on Queensland artists, our aim is to generate new and authentic art experiences, by facilitating the creation, exhibition and discussion of contemporary art.


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