October 16 – 31 2015
@ Run Amok Gallery
Round Island Tour is a response to my time in George Town as artist in residence/semi-permanent hotel guest at Hotel Penaga. Feeling a little awkward in this position I was drawn to awkward instances of colour and material I found on my tours around Penang. My practice explores the notion of being in-between places or cultures and in this case it is my role – as tourist, as researcher, as temporary resident – where I am unable to solidify my place, and which I have been researching through photography, objects and painting. Being immersed in the transient hotel environment lead me to research the intricacies of tourist hubs around Penang, the contemporary visitor and their associated experiences.
Bridie Gillman’s practice has focused on the hybridity that often results as part of the process of negotiating cross-cultural experiences. Drawing from her background experiences of living in both Australia and Indonesia, she explore ways in which materials can elicit memory, and are capable of articulating those experiences of awkwardness, the hesitant and the unknown that can so often produce new forms and expressions.
Gillman is an emerging artist based in Brisbane and completed her Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours at Griffith University, Queensland College of Art in 2013. Since graduating she has conducted a residency in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and exhibited nationally and internationally.