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Image: Sarah Tickle, Shut In. (2021), 22 seconds, video work, still 1. Image courtesy the artist.

Shut In.

Sarah Tickle
15 December 2021 – 18 March 2022
Presented as part of CCH’s Video & Moving Image Program

South Australian artist Sarah Tickle explores her own agoraphobic past through moving image works which deny escapism for the viewer.

Using cinematic clips of doors being shut on the audience, Tickle denies the viewer the world beyond the door, simulating the real world she was deprived of because of mental illness. The audio, a slowed down Alpha wave, represents the brain when in a state of panic and speaks to the cause of the fear stopping Tickle from leaving her home.

The work offers an opportunity for audiences to consider their own visceral experiences whilst acknowledging the broad impacts of mental health.