LIGHT+LIFE, 13th – 22nd March


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Supported by the NGV and MELBOURNE DESIGN WEEK 12 – 22 MARCH 2020

Presented by Brightspace, 8 Martin St, St Kilda


Light and colour are the environmental factors with the most significant impact on our wellbeing. In this exhibition Light+Life, eight artists and designers produce light-based installations exploring how light affects us physically, mentally and emotionally by engaging visitors in a multi-sensory journey. They employ new ways of designing the immaterial into shape and form to create an array of meditative, scientific and aesthetic works that weave light through narratives of life.

I have two works in this show that are about experience but also knowledge building. My approach is about creating an understanding and experiential examples of how light can be balancing and enlightening. 


Light with Gems Therapy

The Light with Gems Therapy may make us more aware of self and surroundings and add a poetic lift to the space and builds awareness that we all live in the same field, space and place. 

This is a performative work utilising a light therapy technique. As part of my research into the effects of light I looked at health therapies. Last year I studied at a research university in Holland and became trained as an Ayurvedic light with gem therapist. I will present an introductory talk about this technique, its origins, its history, how it works and include demonstrations. For more info:

Dates & Times of these presentations are:

Saturday 14th March – 2-4 p.m.
Sunday 15th March – 2-6 p.m.
Friday 20th March – 2-6 p.m.
Sunday 22nd March – 12-4 p.m.


An Etymology of Light.
The second work is an interactive installation about light and its meaning. I am exhibiting a bound book that I self-published titled An Etymology of Light. This is also part of my continuing research of meanings around my artwork.

My long-term interests are in a non-representational practice that is situated in the expanded field of painting. At times my work references art history, particularly in colour field painting and connections I make using light as a medium and spatial interventions using sound and discussion events. I work with diverse media, public art and discussion panels and completed a PhD in light art at Monash University, having previously completed a MVA at the VCA.


Ilan El (and curator)
Mathew Woodgate
James Tapscott
Aly Indermuhle
Veronica Caven Aldous
Jasmine Targett
Danielle Storm
Marc Pascal

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Instagram @light_life_exhibition
Organiser’s website

Space is never empty, at Five Walls Projects, 8 – 23 November

Upcoming solo show Space is never empty, 8-23 November at Five Walls Projects, Level 1, upstairs at 119 Hopkins St, Footscray, 3011.

Opening 8th Nov, 6-9 p.m.

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Veronica Caven Aldous, Colour fields 5, 2019, 1 of 7, video, 26.09 minutes

My long-term interests lie in a non-representational diverse media practice that is situated in the expanded field of painting. My work at times plays with references to art history, particularly colour field painting, and connections I make between painting, light as a medium and spatial interventions. In my PhD research I found that almost all light artists had been non-representational painters previously and that there were deep links between movements such as Op Art and Kinetic art that led onto the use of light as a medium in art.

These concepts will be developed further at Five Walls Projects in several ways. After site visits and discussion I chose a video Colour fields 5, a still light box and a third sculptural triptych of screens that together set up a material play in the space and between the works that expand relationships between colour field painting and light as a medium. This show is about the relationships within the space of the works and the relationship between the three works and extended space. They extend material dialogues that I have set up in the past.

The video references both painting and light colour fields at the same time. It draws you in to view it and then immerses you in a field of colour. Its slowly changing fields of colour allow you to consider relationships in the same space.

On the night of ONIF/One Night In Footscray, Friday 22nd November from 5 to 10 p.m. there will be a subtle sound overlay of music for 10 minutes every hour and I will also be available for roaming discussion that night. The Due West Arts Festival is also running from 15th – 24th November.

I have called this show Space is never empty as an Acknowledgment of Country to the Traditional Land Owners in appreciation of the layers of meaning in this space where I am exhibiting. My artwork is also carbon offset.

For more information:

T: 0421706205
open: Wed-Sat 12-5pm


Let There be Light, Justin Art House Museum, until 27th November

My video work Agni: Psychedelic Surya, 2019, was exhibited on both the large projection wall in the theatre room downstairs and then on a screen in the upstairs gallery. On the screen we all found the colours stronger and more compelling…a lot more psychedelic. Many thanks again to Leah and Charles Justin for an always engaging and enjoyable time.

For more information on the JAHM upcoming program of exhibitions, talks, tours and events see:

IMG_8096.jpgAgni, Psychedelic Surya, 2019, 1 of 7, video, 26 mins


Charles Justin and myself in the upstairs gallery of JAHM in the Let There Be Light show, in the purple haze.


Immerse Festival, Knox


Throughout the month of September I exhibited a video in the Community Hub at Knox Shopping Centre. I set up performative events including a Talking Circle and afternoon tea in the hub. I used Space Clear at the opening event to interact with strangers and friends and supplied bottles of it also to the arts community staff to continue to use throughout their various offices as a playful intervention.


Getting in the way of Psychedelic sun, 2019, video 1 of 4, 3.2 mins