Joshua Yeldham’s new collection ‘Endurance’ nurtures a space where boundaries collapse and binaries converge. Through his highly symbolic visual vernacular, the artist takes us on an inward odyssey inspired by recent travels throughout Japan, Arizona and India, as well as his ongoing affiliation with Australia’s Ku-ring-gai and Hawkesbury regions. Working across painting, kinetic and musical sculpture, carved works on paper and photography, Yeldham explores the shared threads that weave cultural ideologies, philosophies and religions across East and West.
For Yeldham, ‘Endurance’ is about ‘going beyond’; about breaching the borders of personal limitation. ‘The parameters placed on our lives are porous’, he says. Embellished with signature tapestries of cartographic carvings, organic pigments and hand-made instruments, the works assimilates Indian Vedic philosophies about the cyclicality of existence with the philosophical and pedagogical tenets of the Japanese archery, or Kyudo. He also reflects on Arizonian Hopi cosmology and the ritualistic tradition of the kachina. Through this, the works in ‘Endurance’ represent a coalescence of local and global; personal and collective; history and contemporaneity. Voyaging through Yeldham’s existential vignettes, we become passengers privy to the artist’s inner world.