Carla Adams Ruby (haunted by) 2019 (detail). Bondage rope, paracord, polymer clay, 27 x 27 cm. © Carla Adams.
Carla’s work is aligned with feminist sculptural and textile practices and investigates how women navigate online dating platforms.
Learn how Carla uses portraiture, text and kitsch elements to develop humorous responses to encounters with dating site users.
sorry I was/am too much pairs works by Western Australian contemporary artist Carla Adams and one of Australia’s foremost modernist artists, Albert Tucker. The show includes Adams’ paintings, textiles, ceramics and mixed-media objects, drawings and visual diaries that emerge from her experiences in the contemporary dating world. This is juxtaposed against a selection of Tucker’s drawings and paintings from the Gallery’s Collection, produced between 1943 and 1989.
Carla Adams was born in Perth (1984) and graduated with first class honours from Curtin University in 2014. Carla uses a wide range of materials and processes and has exhibited regularly since 2009. Her work is aligned with feminist sculptural and textile practices and investigates how women navigate online dating platforms. Carla uses portraiture, text and kitsch elements to develop humorous responses to encounters with dating site users.
Carla’s work is often accompanied by a narrative, a story in the artist's own words. These additional elements are regularly presented as a publication to sit alongside a body of work. They frequently include data gathered in an almost scientific approach. By using a seductive combination of craft materials and precious minerals, her work can often be startling. Luring the viewer in by using gems, glitter and pearls only to shock with titles that describe abusive or aggressive online encounters.
Adams has exhibited at MOANA, Turner Galleries, Bus Projects (Melbourne), FELTSpace (Adelaide), ARTBAR at The Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Verge Gallery (Sydney), Blindside (Melbourne) and her work was selected for the 2013 Hatched national graduate exhibition at PICA. She was a finalist in the 2017 Joondalup Invitation Art Award.
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