SAMSTAG ALUMNI 2003

John Meade
Born 1956, Ballarat, Victoria

Many of the sculptural works made by John Meade traverse a surreal fetishistic ground. Meade's indefinable objects for indefinable needs titled Objects to Live By (2000) are smoothly chromed, a seductive fashionable finish suggesting both industrial and domestic settings. In a later work one of these objects reappears but it has become pink. Named by Meade Emotional Motif, this object, a small bollard hung with a ring, is most recently, perhaps finally, manifested in thin dark latex rubber with a ring made from plaited linen thread. The viewer is unlikely to guess it but Emotional Motif is a threedimensional model of Jacques Lacan's line drawing of his theory of the topology of the drive. (In brief what goes up must come down.) The object looks like some obscure erotic tool, a giant nipple, or a dummy for a child with a very large mouth.

By making this intellectual diagram threedimensional, Meade is approaching theory through the body, pushing at making thought palpable and visible, creating simple forms to signify complex and latent layers of thought.

Stephanie Radok from her Samstag catalogue essay, The Point of Knowing
 
2003 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
2003 MFA, New York University, New York, USA 
2000 Master of Arts by Research (Sculpture), RMIT University, Melbourne
1995 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) (Honours), RMIT University, Melbourne 
1994 Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne 
1991 Certificate of Art and Design, RMIT TAFE, Melbourne