Of hope and longing
McMahon’s artistic practice is led by their unfolding queer narrative. Of hope and longing will be a sculptural installation that draws on their personal connections between queerness and country music. Taking inspiration from Garth Brookes’ Australian rock alter ego Chris Gaines, Dolly Parton’s lyricism and Keith Urban’s Instagram account, McMahon appropriates the aesthetics and materiality of country music to unpack the growth, stoicism, longing and hope that this industry nurtured throughout their childhood in rural Queensland.
Creating new works within the context of Goulburn’s physical, social and psychological terrain, McMahon posits an exploration of complex identities – enmeshed in associative memory and meaning.
McMahon holds a Master of Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, and was the 2017 recipient of the Parramatta Visual Arts Fellowship. They have completed residencies in London, Paris, Cambridge, Tokyo and Kyoto and have shown nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions in various galleries including, MOP Projects (NSW), Clearview Ltd (LDN), Open Source Gallery (NY), Auto Italia (LDN), Metro Arts (QLD), Raygun (QLD), Success (WA) and Verge Gallery (NSW).