Change is a – perhaps the – fundament of life. Nothing stays the same. Unless we unlock our imaginations and point them to the stars, however, we miss not only the changes but the very chance to make change. Through art, metamorphosis can be generated, and even directed. Indeed, knowing change may be art’s principal purpose.
The oldest human race on the planet, the aboriginal Australians, dream their way through waking life – and make art that codifies their dreaming. Their dreams are not simply narratives, but maps, guide books, holy scriptures, scientific documents. The aboriginals do not distinguish between the conscious and the subconscious; their vision burgeons in a perceptual twilight, a permanent hypnogogy molded to the land.
This conflation of mind and body, dream and reality, change and fixity, the self and the other(s), appeals most keenly to younger women and gender-fluid artists, born as they’ve been into a society whose guidelines and labels become ever less fixed – to both the gain and the detriment of the non-dominant. Emerging women and queer artists are impelled by the discourse of art to see into the flux and become part of it. “Dreams in Deixis” is not meant as a show of contemporary women and non-binary artists per se, but as exercise of their perceptions and values and the grace, generosity, and virtuosity with which they share their grasp of today’s humanity with the rest of the species.
— Peter Frank