“Use your senses fully. Be where you are. Look around. Just look, don't interpret. See the light, shapes, colours, textures. Be aware of the silent presence of each thing. Be aware of the space that allows everything to be.”
This is me, sitting behind a paint covered table that I've borrowed from Rob O'Connor, 7:30am, in the studio, in the cold, in the middle of winter. I should be in Paris already. I've been thinking lately, maybe I shouldn't paint anymore. It seems like everything I do has been done already. Everything has been done already. So much so, when I make videos, I copy videos that have already been made. Maybe I shouldn't make videos anymore. Rob says that videos are like paintings that move. I like art that moves people and slows them down. Hopefully, this video does both.
'Alex Davern eating Vegemite on toast' documents myself preparing breakfast in the studio. This video is inspired by the 'Andy Warhol eating a hamburger' excerpt from Jørgen Leth's flm, 66 Scenes from America (a documentary flm comprised of 66 long-take sequences of Americans doing everyday stuff). Here, I examine Australian culture and my personal daily routine through the act of preparation and consumption of food.
My artistic practice focuses on creating quiet, contemplative images using my surrounds of Australian suburbia while investigating the border between art and everyday life. Inspired by my immediate surroundings as I fnd them, I enjoy focusing on the miscellaneous, sundry items that fnd their way into my daily routines. As such, my work documents my life and functions as an indirect kind of self-portraiture while deepening my understanding of the connection between myself, culture and my surrounds.