Floating Land Archive Site 2021


Petalia Humphreys

Sightlines is an interactive large‐scale hard‐edge geometric installation. A two-metre-high structure with a cut out that allows the viewer to ‘frame’ the landscape ‐ the corresponding ‘cut out’ pieces have fallen from the void to become seats from which to view the lake and horizon line. As the viewer considers the work from alternative perspectives compositional forms align, creating perceptual shifts.

Petalia Humphreys creates what might be considered three-dimensional paintings – reductive abstract paintings that reveal a concern for location, colour, light and space.  Site-specific works reveal concern for the physical mapping of spaces, of spatial and perceptual shifts. Humphreys’ hard-edge, geometric forms encourage an interactive approach, inviting the audience to engage in playful ways, considering ways of looking, perceiving and viewing. Aiming to engage inquisitiveness and challenge perception through playful remapping of spaces, her works spark curiosity and invite the viewer to renegotiate their experience of the familiar, exploring a physical remapping of space. Working with building materials, Humphreys’ practice spans from small-scale hand-crafted paintings through to large site-specific public art installations.

Petalia Humphreys lives and works on Gubbi Gubbi land. Born and raised in Queensland, she graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Art, Visual Art (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts) in the late 1990s. Humphreys has worked as art educator and has exhibited at the Brisbane Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Metro Arts, and Brisbane Powerhouse.  Her recent exhibitions include Inhabit at Noosa Regional Gallery and Betwixt at Webb Gallery Brisbane. Humphreys is currently working on two other public art projects for the Sunshine Coast and an exhibition for Metro Arts Brisbane in 2022.