2015 - 2017
Adelle Mills is an artist who considers language in its broadest sense, as verbal, bodily or visual systems of communication. In her performance videos the actors, rather than being directed, are asked to participate in a chain of interpretations. Oblique sets of (textual, verbal) instructions are read aloud so an actor can interpret them through movement. Instructions take to poetry and can be read: a suite of signals or steps are met through movements that carry the participants across a series of un or pre-authored steps. Adelle is especially interested in how agency can be ascribed to each participant when her instructions require a physical interpretation or cognitive response.
Adelle Mills was born in 1987 in Melbourne. Solo exhibitions include: Screenings and Poetry Readings, Laurel Doody, Los Angeles (2015) and Already Always, Flake, Melbourne (2014). Selected group exhibitions include: NEW15, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2015); Transmission: Legacies of the Television Age, National Gallery of Victoria (2015); On Sincerity, Moana Project Space, Perth (2014); Steam Engine, Gloria Knight, Auckland (2014); At Once, 55 Sydenham Road Marrickville, ARI, Sydney (2014); Take No Lay Down, Slopes, Melbourne (2014); and Loosely Speaking, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2013). Adelle is a recipient of the Marten Bequest for sculpture, 2015 and was a 2013 recipient of the ArtStart grant from the Australia Council.
Photo: Adelle Mills, Acting, doing 2013 (still)
two channel colour high definition video, silent, 29 min 28 sec
Courtesy of the artist © Adelle Mills