The installations of Ella Barclay serve as technological tableaus, directing us to the physicality of hardware, the ethereal nature of data and the alchemic transformation of ideas. I Had To Do It is her first solo institutional exhibition and employs a range of media to explore some of her most vital contentions – the power of text as technology, messy network architectures, myth making and the internet – as well as a reflection on 20th century techno-utopianism.
Barclay has exhibited extensively in Sydney, as well as project and group exhibitions in Tokyo, Taipei, Edinburgh, Brisbane, Kassel, Bathurst and New York. She has been a finalist in the Helen Lempriere Travelling Arts Scholarship, the New South Wales Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) and the John Fries Award. She is a current PhD candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney. This year she is a resident artist at both the Australia Council Studio, London and Casula Powerhouse, Western Sydney.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.