Physical bottom / mental top, 2014. Photography: Fiona Susanto
Their work has been exhibited at Alaska Projects (upcoming), Sydney Guild, Firstdraft Gallery, MOP Projects, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Horsham Regional Gallery, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Stills Gallery, among others. Messih has also presented lectures and performances at Artspace, The Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney and Underbelly Arts Festival. Messih has undertaken artist residency programs with ‘Wildfjords’, West Fjords, Iceland; ‘NES’, Skagaströnd, Iceland; and at ‘The Green House’, Fowlers Gap, Broken Hill. They graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts(Honours Class 1) from UNSW Art & Design (UNSWAD) in 2013, were awarded the Australia Council Artstart Grant in 2014 and was a Co-Director of Firstdraft Gallery in 2015/16. Spence is a current PhD candidate at UNSWAD.
During their residency at the Bundanon Trust, Spence will expand on their larger research project - how does abstraction give rise to open accounts of gender that exist outside of the gender binary and what does this mean for relations between objects, people and within ourselves. Spence will begin to develop a series of small sculptural objects and accompanying text-based works that explore how abstraction holds the potential for a counter-reading of queer performativity.