February 2019 | Touch, Sleep, Trains by Lydia Trethewey
Touch, Sleep, Trains
Explores the tactile and quiescent dimensions of train travel, countering the idea that transit spaces are “non-places”. Drawing on Trethewey's experience of train travel in Japan in early 2018, this series of works employs a drifting, non-linear narrative in conjunction with visual images that push against the soft edge of abstraction.
Non-places, as formulated by sociologist Marc Auge, are transient spaces which are devoid of materiality and which numb human experience. The works in 'Touch, Sleep, Trains' offer an alternative view: that train travel can involve experiences of tactility and intimacy, between both familiars and strangers. The works form part of a personal reverie on sensations of touch and sleep during train travel, through a semblance of narrative which dips into remembering only to be interrupted by the present.
Lydia Trethewey is an artist based in Perth, WA. Her practice probes sensations of quiescence and tactility in everyday travel, through printmaking, photography and painting. She has shown in a number of group shows in Australia, and exhibited abroad in Spain and China. 'Touch, Sleep, Trains' is her fifth solo exhibition. In 2018 Trethewey completed a PhD in fine art at Curtin University, and currently works there as a Sessional Academic in OUA, as a Post-Doctoral fellow. She has presented her research at national and international art conferences.