In Interior Motives, Sloan presents collages constructed out of images taken from found art, architecture and design magazines. During his artist in residency at HIAP in Helsinki, Sloan established a daily ritual of making collages from the magazines left by previous residents. Produced over a period of three months, these works play into a rich field of practice that was established in the twentieth century.
From the seminal Modernist collages of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso (which brought sculptural elements directly onto the surface plane of the painting), to the political collage and photomontage works of Dada artist Hannah Hoch (which used images and text appropriated from mass media to attack the ideals popularised by Weimar Germany’s media), through to the photomontages and composite images of Pop Art artists such as Richard Hamilton, the processes of collage and photomontage can be seen as inherently disruptive and non-linear. The artist is able to shatter the prison cells of space and time, creating new possibilities, surreal juxtapositions and dissident commentaries. In Interior Motives, Sloan exploits these potentials of collage while traversing back into the realms of painting and printmaking.
In Interior Motives Sloan disrupts the privileged, sacred interior spaces of the museum, the art gallery, the artist’s studio, and the biennale pavilion, creating new spaces for contemplation, inviting unexpected things, people, and events to enter, allowing juxtapositions and commentaries to arise that are sometimes serious, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, yet always profoundly subversive.
Interior Motives was exhibited in CACSA's 2015 survey of contemporary South Australian Art, 'CACSA Contemporary,' curated by Logan MacDonald.
'Interior Motives 1' was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Gold Coast Art Prize.