Obsessed! Compelled to make is a rich and fascinating study of the complexities of materials, techniques and motivations that inform and shape the processes of creating. This is an experiential exhibition that encourages the visitor to think beyond the material object and consider the processes and reasons behind an object’s creation.
In essence, the exhibition explores the uniquely compelling, frustrating and urgent compulsions that drive us to make things.
The exhibition provides an insight into the working practices of fourteen designers, artists and craftspeople from around Australia who work in a range of diverse media.
Moving beyond the finished work, the exhibition reveals the behind-the-scene stories involved in the process of ‘making’ - the artists’ inspirations, day-to-day studio experiences, hours of applied expertise, and the joys and frustrations of fulfilling an obsession.
The exhibition prompts an exploration of what drives creatives to dedicate their lives to a creative practice, and how obsession drives the development of skills and expertise. Different physical objects in the exhibition explore the effects that creative obsession can have on health, innovation and cultural wellbeing.
Obsessed! Compelled to make is an Australian Design Centre exhibition that explores the processes and experiences of making objects in Australia today.
Image: Oliver Smith, 2017. Photograph by Angus Lee Forbes.
Obsessed: Compelled to make is an Australian Design Centre (ADC On Tour) national touring exhibition, presented with assistance from the Australian Government Visions of Australia program. The Visions of Australia regional exhibition touring program supports audience access to Australian arts and cultural material, with a particular focus on tours to regional and remote Australia. Australian Design Centre is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Australian Design Centre is assisted by the New South Wales Government through Create NSW, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body