VCA ART 2021

Isabelle Rudolph

Master of Fine Art

My practice has developed from an interest in playfully addressing the complexities of desire and revulsion tied up in consumer culture. Highlighting the inherent contradictions and hypocrisies in our enjoyment of contemporary culture – from fashion to food to art and so on – my work tends to be both playful and open ended. In this research project, MirrorWorlds, I focus on digital devices and the many attractive, consoling and pleasurable possibilities they represent to users, as well as the ways in which these qualities allow for user surveillance and coercion. The work is neither a cautionary tale nor propaganda for digital technologies, rather an opportunity for the viewer to think about their own desires, hopes and boundaries in relation to digital worlds and the companies that enable them.

Isabelle Rudolph, MirrorWorlds: Cabinets of Wonder, Digital Photograph, 2021.
Isabelle Rudolph, MirrorWorlds: Looped Narrative, Video still, 2021.
Isabelle Rudolph, MirrorWorlds: Shop: Lagerscope, Plywood, beer bottle tops, sequins, glass beads, fabric scraps, elastic, thread, acrylic lenses, wire, PVA glue, acrylic paint, silver marker, 2021.
Isabelle Rudolph, MirrorWorlds: Shop: 3D WonderViewers and WonderSlides, Cardboard, tape, acrylic paint, plastic viewer, slide reel, 2021.
Isabelle Rudolph, MirrorWorlds: Shop: VR/3D Viewers, Cardboard, acrylic lenses, PVA glue, fabric tape, decorative paper and tape, acrylic paint, 2021.
Isabelle Rudolph, MirrorWorlds: Paquete: Instructional Video, Video still, 2021.

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campus is situated, the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people of the Kulin Nations, who have created art, made music and told their stories here for thousands of generations. We also acknowledge and extend our respect to the Traditional Owners of all lands on which our work is viewed, shared and enjoyed, and to all Elders, past, present and emerging.

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