Ella Cattach
On Vulnerability and Doubt

On Vulnerability and Doubt

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
Curated by Max Delany
29 June – 1 September 2019

By Ella Cattach

The unassuming first word in the title of On Vulnerability and Doubt is more telling than it may appear. With the apparent neutrality of an essayistic titling convention ("On X..."), it is a word that more or less disappears under the weight of the big ones that follow it. Yet "On"—as the disparate works in this exhibition curated by Max Delany suggest—in...

Ella Cattach
Emma Phillips: Too Much to Dream

Emma Phillips: Too Much to Dream

ReadingRoom
13 March – 27 April 2019

By Ella Cattach

There are three Dianes—two portrait subjects, one spectre—in Emma Phillips' current exhibition of large-scale, predominantly black-and-white photographs which takes its title, Too much to dream, from a song by The Electric Prunes.

The first Diane, of Untitled (Diane washing dishes at her father's house) and the unfocussed, tightly cropped colour triptych Untitled (Diane on her bed, smiling), both...