Bodily Purity - Leena Riethmuller

Opening - 12:00 AM - Wednesday, 3rd of April

Artist Talk - 6:00 PM

Running - 3 Apr 2013 - 20 Apr 2013

Showing at FELTspace in April, Bodily Purity exhibits Riethmuller's challenging Decomposition (nails and hair) body of work. Presenting a film and an object based installation in tandem, Bodily Purity investigates the subjective nature of bodily experiences as related to notions of purity and acceptability, and conversely impurity and abjection. Riethmuller's engagement with bodily themes and substances stems from her interest in dominant societal codes, and the ways they provide classificatory frameworks for individuals' bodily maintenance regimes. Bodily Purity is a thought provoking exhibition that explores social perceptions of what it means to be 'pure', through heightening viewer's awareness of their own bodily subjectivity.

Riethmuller has exhibited her works frequently within Brisbane and interstate, having shown work in such notable exhibitions as Going South (Screen Space, Melbourne), Addition 1 (Addition Gallery, Brisbane), and Fresher 2011 (Inbetweenspaces, Brisbane). She has been a finalist in Griffith University Art Gallery's The GAS: Graduate Art Show + Espresso Garage Art Award in 2010, and again in 2012. She has also participated in festivals including the 2012 Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival, the 2011 What is Music? festival, and the 2010 Exist Festival. She is highly active within Brisbane's ARI community, and in 2013 Riethmuller will be an artist in residence with Level ARI, and is working as the Gallery Manager of Boxcopy.

 Leena Riethmuller, Bodily Purity, installation view at FELTspace, 2013, photography by: Lise van Konkelenberg

Leena Riethmuller, Bodily Purity, installation view at FELTspace, 2013, photography by: Lise van Konkelenberg

 Leena Riethmuller, Bodily Purity, installation view at FELTspace, 2013, photography by: Lise van Konkelenberg

Leena Riethmuller, Bodily Purity, installation view at FELTspace, 2013, photography by: Lise van Konkelenberg

 Leena Riethmuller, Bodily Purity, installation view at FELTspace, 2013, photography by: Lise van Konkelenberg

Leena Riethmuller, Bodily Purity, installation view at FELTspace, 2013, photography by: Lise van Konkelenberg

 Leena Riethmuller, Bodily Purity, installation view at FELTspace, 2013, photography by: Lise van Konkelenberg

Leena Riethmuller, Bodily Purity, installation view at FELTspace, 2013, photography by: Lise van Konkelenberg