Mardi Crocker’s still life paintings explore the sensorial experience of the everyday through the depiction of familiar and overlooked objects.
Her project explores the potential of still life painting as a contemporary art practice to reflect the modern, lived experience of the everyday and pays particular attention to the nature of sensory perception in the realm of the everyday, considering the ways in which the overlooked can disappear or fade from view, be both seen and unseen, and felt and remembered through the body.
Mardi’s research seeks to enact an attitude and methodology of attention and immersion that aims not to pass judgement on this area of life, nor to rehabilitate it or give it new primacy, but rather to engender, and to offer, a newly attentive attitude to the everyday that allows for, and creates a space in which, the affective moments and textures of this area of life can come into view and be felt.
Mardi graduated from Curtin University with BA of Fine Art with First Class Honours in 2014, where she is also currently completing a PhD in art. Crocker has exhibited in solo and group shows at Spectrum Project Space, Applecross Art Space, Free Range Gallery and Paper Mountain, and currently tutors painting students at Applecross Senior High School as part of the Gifted and Talented Extension program.