Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition Featured Artist 2018.
Brianna Speight's work visually interrogates and playfully translates her own questions surrounding feminine roles, aspects of reproduction and intimate relationships. Speight's personal experiences with femininity and intimate relationships are presented within a theatre of the absurd, with visceral photographic images with a palette of flesh, blood, liquids and plastic incorporating elements of illusion and performance. Soft Assemblies re-casts surrealist tropes such as theatricality, object experimentation and the uncanny to serve a contemporary investigation into essentialist perspectives of gender and sexuality within Australian context. Soft Assemblies' principal concern is the notion that gender is malleable, performative and constructed. Through processes of making, she begins to unravel every day mechanisms of language, gesture and assumption that serve patriarchal and heteronormative ideology.