Maverick Hair & Art Space is quickly gaining a reputation for doing cool stuff, and their upcoming exhibition Young Heroines is no exception. Five young and emerging female artists from South East Queensland will present a unique group exhibition of new and exciting work this September. We chatted with one of the Gold Coast artists Adrienne Kenafake ahead of the exhibition.
Blonde-haired, blue-eyed and petite, 23 year old Adrienne wouldn’t look out of place in a Gold Coast Tourism ad, surfboard tucked under one arm as she sprints into the glittering waves. However, her passions have led her into slightly darker pursuits.
“The work I do at the moment is about exploring urban spaces,” says Adrienne.
“I’ve been working with found objects, road kill, all sorts of interesting things that you find when you have time to walk and explore.”
We’ll come back to the road kill in a minute.
The found objects Adrienne is referring to is material she located while on a four month young artist residency in Helensvale.
“I’ve been looking at places where no one wants to go: the outskirts of suburbs, parks behind shopping centres, run down areas,” she explains.
“The only people that do tend to go there are youth, teenagers, and you find used bongs, condoms, lots of rubbish. Throughout my residency I went around that area in particular and collected over 40 bongs just left around.”
Adrienne’s Young Heroines sculpture utilises the found bongs to create a piece that is reflective of sub-cultures and drug use among youth in the suburbs.
“My work is a play on the light-heartedness of these things, coming from the fact that young people in some ways are still like kids. Bongs are almost like toys, they’re using items and materials from shopping centres, daddy’s hose.
“It also does touch on the fact that bad things happen in those places, and drugs can be about avoidance of issues and avoiding talking about things as well. I supposed it has emerged from the work I was previously exploring on road kill, bringing things to the surface that we don’t necessarily want to looks it. I’m like ‘You don’t want to look it? Well here it is!’”
And so we return to the road kill. Another part of Adrienne’s practice is taking plant and animal materials, weaving a wire sarcophagus for them and setting them on fire.
“Basically a lot of my vegan friends don’t look at my Instagram,” she laughs.
“I don’t feel I have any hang ups about things. I look at it and think ‘wow it fascinates me, wow look at that!’ It confuses me if other people have a pre-determined way of behaving or interacting with something.
“It’s often the stories that don’t get told which artists are interested in.”
Catch Adrienne’s piece alongside work by Courtney Cook, Monika Correa, Maddison Kellie and Cedar Purchase at Maverick Hair & Art Space from 9 – 23 September, and check out her Insta if you dare: @adriennekenafake. Visit the Maverick Facebook page for more information.