Cordelia Beresford: Disappointing Doll

Cordelia Beresford examines the historical treatment, or disregard of everyday female experiences, particularly those affected by mental distress. ‘Disappointing Doll’ is a two-channel video work inspired by a photograph of an orphaned child from a Sydney asylum c.1860, and informed by the prose of 20th-century Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke suggesting that children use dolls to seek boundaries penetrable only through the growth of self-awareness. Beresford creates a psychological space where women in institutionalised care are surrogates for imagined support systems: mothers, sisters and lovers.

Cordelia Beresford, Disappointing Doll, 2019, two-channel HD video installation, stereo sound still 2. Courtesy the artist and Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

Mosman Art Gallery
Until 9 June, 2019
Melbourne