Melbourne, Australia-based Skye Kennewell‘s architectural installations examine the tenuous elements of constructed security, in both the physical and emotional realms. The spaces that she creates incorporate rigid building materials as well as technical drawings, and when on view playfully engage with lighting, adding elaborate shadows to the overall spectacle. Kennewell’s interests lie in “issues of isolation, high-density urban living, public fear and the illusion of safety,” according to her artist’s statement, and her work desires to investigate these themes by constructing faux safety shelters, much the same way as one builds a house to protect her family, or maybe even as one builds an emotional wall to protect against being hurt in another way. It seems that Kennewell explores the idea of shelter as it exists in duality, as in “I need shelter from the rain” or “the children are too sheltered.” Currently, Kennewell’s work is on view in a solo presentation called Widow’s Walk at The King’s Artist Run Initiative in Melbourne, in Gallery 1.
Skye Kennewell earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2005 and is currently a studio resident at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts in St. Kilda. Her work has been exhibited widely in Victoria, including at First Site Gallery; West Space, Inc.; Seventh Gallery; Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces and La Trobe Street Gallery.