WAVE Collective is currently taking submissions for the theme "Absence", an exhibition taking place at the gallery café, Carmel by the Green, from the 3rd of August until the 1st of October. We are accepting entries for our online features page throughout the length of the exhibition.
Presence can not be perceived without absence; and absence without presence. The presence of anything leaves behind a lingering trace - evidence of what was once there but is no longer. Referring to “presence of absence” as paradox shows how these concepts inherently depend on one another to be fully realised. Absence directs our attention towards the concept of presence and vice versa; so how can we portray something that is not there, delineating a form out of nothing?
Perceiving something that should be there but is not, creates a space incomplete and impossible to fully interpret. A space that is not empty, rather filled with meaning lost and muted, generating a silence that distinguishes the void from an empty space. Absence can therefore form itself like a void, fragmenting our reality in its perception - resulting in the closest thing we have to nothing.
To engage with and understand the idea of absence, one has to look beyond the real, towards the metaphysical. Boundaries come alive in this space, where traces and remnants conceive their physicality that tell something new about something gone. Absence is a homage, a celebration to presence and its fleeting immateriality that wants us to be present, while placing ourselves in the vastness of time passing by.