Tricksters presents is with a swarm of shape-shifting figures. Hand stitched animal-like figures morph into self-portraits to explore the transformations of the self, as well as phases of uncertainty and change. Drawing upon ideas around parapsychology, alchemy and the collective unconscious, Tarryn Gill finds Carl Jung’s archetype of the Trickster particularly useful. For Jung, the Trickster is fond of malicious pranks but can also appear as a saviour. Gill’s spirits or demons appear as if in a dream, wielding fire – perhaps to light the way, perhaps to destroy.

Tarryn Gill is a Western Australian artist who works in sculpture, photography, video, drawing, set/costume design and performance. Gill is interested in a space between the personal and the collective, conscious and unconscious, the contemporary and ancient.