anti-aria for ater-

The Atrium, Incinerator Gallery 
180 Holmes Road, Aberfieldie
July 6 - Sep 8


    anti-aria for ater- is the final instalment in a three-part series of exhibition reading rooms centred around genealogy, familial history, material and elemental kinships, and queer modes of reading and resistance.

    This work draws from, while also representing an operatic break with, the paternal line of its previous two iterations: A sonourous draft; a lexicon of windjamming & To touch or strike a fondant ground. This concluding iteration centres feminist and autofictive psychogeographies of fire as they intersect with the history and architecture of the gallery’s incinerator, known colloquially as ‘The Destructor’.

    The exhibition gathers around an etymological family, comprising the root word ‘ater’ meaning ‘fire’ (blackened by); ‘aria’ meaning ‘air’ and ‘song’ (typically a melody for a single voice); and the adjacent ‘atrium’: the main room of a house; the room which contains the hearth, from where the smoke of the hearth escapes.

    The exhibition is an anti-proposition for solo expression, favouring expanded configurations of familial relations, material kinships and gendered experience, while attuning to the pyrotechnical tensions implicit in passages of extinction and extermination, rebirth and rejuvenation.

    Envisioned as an expanded publication, this three-chapter ‘book’ cycles back to its beginning to round out with a coda, reflecting the adjacencies of water to fire in the afterlives of the artist’s grandparents and the site of the gallery itself.

    The exhibition consists of a series of nine new works on paper alongside a limited edition risograph publication of new poetry and autofiction, printed by Stray Pages.


anti-aria for ater-
Black and moss unbound risograph artist book
20 pp + insert 
150 x 280 mm
Envirocare 100% recycled paper
First edition, edition of 30 
Printed by Stray Pages


Reading performance by Abbra Kotlarczyk and Autumn Royal
Saturday 10th August, 2024
Incinerator Gallery

The trees are the alphabet is on fire (Bract 4), 2024
Handmade willow charcoal, graphite, rice glue and water on acid-free cotton paper, dimensions variable 
High-res raw scans by Hound & Bone