Goolugatup Heathcote nagolik Bibbulmen Nyungar ally-maga milgebar gardukung naga boordjar-il narnga allidja yugow yeye wer ali kaanya Whadjack Nyungar wer netingar quadja wer burdik  ∞  Goolugatup Heathcote nagolik Bibbulmen Nyungar ally-maga milgebar gardukung naga boordjar-il narnga allidja yugow yeye wer ali kaanya Whadjack Nyungar wer netingar quadja wer burdik  ∞  

I mean; you could try the ladder?

Ailsa Waddell

11 March 2022 – 24 April 2022

"I guess it’s just that feeling you get at the pit of yourself; you allow the swell to catch up with you. ADHD is less a puddle; more a comfortable swell. I think about ladders a lot as a point of reference not because of their practical nature, but more so everything that could go wrong. Sounds like ADHD to me lol; (a ladder that “kind of works”). A lot of the work I make revolves around intimacy and closeness in my interpersonal relationships as someone who often struggles to navigate it. Ladders also kind of revolve around closeness; an urgency to get close. For me, ladders in this sense are less about their practicality and more so about the imagery of a journey or a progression. A task or interaction is rarely straightforward and often involves twists, turns and puddles to negotiate along the way. Ladders sometimes surface to give you a step up, but they aren’t as simple as they appear."

Ailsa Waddell is a contemporary artist based in Boorloo Perth. In 2020 Ailsa was awarded a BA from Curtin University, and has since exhibited frequently including at PSAS, Pig Melon, and in Fremantle Arts Centre’s print award. Beyond their own artistic practice, Ailsa contributes to the local community as a volunteer at artist run galleries and for the Fremantle Biennale.

Breakfast 18/01/2022

 

Climbing into an empty basin; the footpath falling behind you begins to melt out of sight. A

round; perfectly circular structure sits upon a bed of moss, overgrowing from the weathered

tiling at the base. The wall around is smooth; uninterrupted. You find a small, discarded ladder;

signaling you to climb inside.

 

You plant your feet on cold; smooth concrete. The walls seem translucent, only a blurred

reflection is enabled in your vision. Starting to panic; still no exit in sight; falling down on your

back; an empty feeling; silence; nothing in; nothing out.

 

Squeeze your eyes tight; blink 3 times. You reach into your pocket; feeling for a tiny gritty circle.

A little one. A faint appearance of a ladder appears in your sight as you draw the object out of

your pocket. The ladder recedes as you put the object away. Lift the circle to the tip of your

tongue; a tangy and familiar acidity returns to your gums.

 

Walls begin to fade; a small resemblance of a path returns to your memory. The familiar light

from your bedroom curtains return you home. Open the door and cook some toast.

 

–       Ailsa Waddell

 

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Goolugatup Heathcote is located on the shores of the Derbal Yerrigan, in the suburb of Applecross, just south of the centre of Boorloo Perth, WA. It is 10 minute drive from the CBD, the closest train station is Canning Bridge, and the closest bus route the 148.

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