9 - 30 June 2019
'Western Australian artist Elle Campbell explores the impact of anxiety and worry in her upcoming exhibition Worry Dolls. As a trope, the worry doll symbolises both comfort as a tool used in the face of the debilitating effects of worry; and resilience, in light of Elle’s own experience with anxiety. Worry dolls originated in Guatemala and Mexico and were traditionally given to children at bedtime to relieve them of their worries and sorrows. By morning they would wake up worry free. In addition to inspiration for her art-practice Elle has and continues to find both comfort and resilience in them.
The endless cycle and pattern of anxiety is just as much a habit as it is a part of the human condition affecting the lives of so many. Yet why do we still suffer, often in isolation? Why are we scared to share our deepest fears or worries? There is a prescribed idea of ‘happiness and success’ where we are expected to mask our vulnerability and anxiety and ‘hold it together’. If we do not, we often feel shame or are punished.
This body of work is about not holding it together and finding strength in the darkness. To feel grief and fear. And be ok with that. It is about acknowledging anxiety and worry as important issues that affects all sects of society today, which requires ongoing discussion, empathy and kindness.'
- Jade Balfour