artist. Madeline Bishop

title. One hand washes the other

date. 6/9/18 - 25/9/18 Opening Friday 7th September 6-9pm 

about.'One hand washes the other is about the nature of platonic intimacy and the social and political dimensions of relational dynamics.


Intimacy is often thought of in romantic terms, and is a highly-explored concept in art, literature and popular culture. Through performance, photography and video, this work considers the platonic relationships that define us outside of the familial or purely romantic.


Friendships are distinct from family relationships in the sense that you are choosing one another. Perhaps, with this in mind, friendship offers a chance to be the person you want to be, not the self you were born into. But how does this alluring idea hold up? Time has a way of tangling and binding people, going beyond blood, beyond marriage and beyond sex. In romantic and familial relationships there are often implied or explicit ‘rules’ and expectations. Such clear obligations are harder to find in our friendships. What do we owe each other? And how far are we permitted to burrow into one another’s lives? These boundaries are blurry and wavering.' Artist statement excerpt.


An alternate reality where I never put you down Inkjet print from photographic negative