Pip Ryan is a Melbourne based artist who has completed her Masters of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts with the assistance of an Australian Postgraduate Award. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions. Her practice explores themes associated with the absurd, failure, horror and humour. Recent exhibitions include Not Fair 2016 Sign O’ the Times exhibiting as part of The Ryan Sisters, Play2 Federation Square, Horror Show at Strange Neighbour and Sale Regional Art Gallery.
That sinking feeling
Single channel video, stereo, 50 seconds, 2016
That sinking feeling explores ideas associated with failure and humour through the use of a mechanical wind up penguin with its head embedded in black jelly. This video was shot over a period of hours, each time the toy was wound up the thrashing of the penguins movement would dislodge the head further until the toy breaks free of the jelly restriction. I was interested in the process of taking something that is designed to be used in an upright position (to wind and waddle) and making the movement and identity of the toy redundant.