Presented as part of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial
Conceived for the central gallery space at PICA, Amy Perejuan-Capone presents a new body of work including sculpture, video and installation, using the dramatic height of the gallery for the presentation of historical hang gliders. Sky Cave continues Perejuan-Capone’s excavations of the family archives documenting an ever-present pursuit of flight. Recent projects have developed through collaboration with her father, an amateur aviator for nearly 50 years. Sky Cave builds on her parents’ pioneering contribution to the sport to examine the complexity of family narratives and relationship to place, and the transference of skill, memory and points of connection across generations.
Perejuan-Capone‘s practice is underpinned by an enquiry into the systems of exchange that are present through the acquisition and application of craft. Across broad mediums including ceramics, textiles and metalworks, she seeks to understand objects, materials and the networks of social and cultural agency held within them. Present in her work, which often take form as large scale sculptural installations, are the interconnected systems of environment, production, labour and personal and social histories.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Amy Perejuan-Capone works between Fremantle, the Perth hills, the Western Australian wheatbelt, and international residencies. With a background in art and design, Perejuan-Capone continually returns to objects and the networks of agency held within them and, increasingly, the roles the environment, anxiety, personal history, and optimism play in this system. Her recent projects have taken a speculative approach, transforming processes and phenomena such as weather, flight, or public services along with personally significant elements such as memory, family, and class into critical ‘what-if’ scenarios.
Perejuan-Capone is the recipient of numerous residencies, including most recently Asialink Taipei/Fremantle Exchange, Taiwan (2020); Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Centre, Shigaraki, Japan (2019); Upernavik Museum, Greenland (2017); Sirius Art Centre, Cobh, Ireland (2016); SiM, Reykjavik, Iceland (2014, 2015); and NES, Skagaströnd, Iceland (2013).
Recent solo exhibitions and commissions include Don’t Stare at the Sun/for Too Long, PS Art Space, Fremantle (2019); This is How We Walk on the Moon, Artsource Old Customs House, Fremantle (2018); and One Word for Snow, TRANSART: TRANSITION temporary public art program, City of Perth (2017). She has also exhibited at, amongst others, Biennale of Fremantle, Fremantle; Cool Change Contemporary, Perth, Paper Mountain, Perth; Schoolhouse Studios, Melbourne; Sim Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland; Flux Factory, New York City.