For Divided Worlds, Pip & Pop – who typically creates immersive large-scale installations – inhabits a cave-like void, positioned in a narrow gap between two exhibition spaces. Caves have interested Tanya Schultz, the artist behind the pseudonym, for some time. They offer associations to creation mythologies describing the beginning of the world and the emergence of new life, as well as concepts of primordial paradise and as sacred sites for ritual.
Pip & Pop’s enticing world cannot be touched, tasted or inhabited, and will cease to exist at the end of its limited exhibition life. However, the power of Pip & Pop’s work is perhaps found, not in its prediction of a lasting or certain future, but in its ability to evoke the richness of the past – to remind us of the sensations of, and possibilities for, memory and imagination.
Listen to Elle Freak, Assistant Curator of Australian Paintings and Sculpture, discuss Pip & Pop’s work in the 2018 Adelaide Biennial HERE