/ / Artist Bios 2020

Aaron Chapman is an artist working in various modes of documentary making through photography and writing, with particular attention given to narrative through the combination of photography and text in book form. His work often considers people, their relation to place, and how societal forces impact the human condition. Aaron maintains a high level of engagement in, and commitment to the photography and writing communities, delivering education programs and workshops across the Gold Coast.

He is currently working on long-term projects on grief and masculinity, as well as documenting his hometown of the Gold Coast, Australia by considering how, as a tourist city, its subcultures and associated stereotypes influence the perception of those who live there permanently.

Aaron’s poetry and prose has appeared in international publications while his photography has been widely exhibited on Australian shores at venues including Head On Photo Festival and the Centre for Contemporary Photography, and during Bleach Festival as part of Super Souvenir. In 2019, Aaron was a Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize semi-finalist, and a finalist in the Australian Life Photography Competition at Art & About Sydney.

2020 sees an important shift in Chapman’s practice, with an intention to develop experimental artworks for the festival environment through selection in the Generate GC / Situate Art in Festivals program. The future will see Chapman’s work shift from traditional photographic models into large-scale, immersive installations while focusing on similar themes of people and their relation to place.

2020 SWELL ARTWORK – Turning In, Aaron Chapman

As we spend one third of our lives asleep, the bed most likely becomes the piece of furniture we use most. The bed is a space within the home that has a profound effect on the space inside us; a potent site of dreaming where desires and fears are heightened. ‘Turning In’, alters the bed’s objective function by suspending a mattress to convey the intimate tension we experience in this psychological space and to play on the bed’s qualities of protection, reflection, confidentiality and comfort.

Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 11-20 September.