My name is Kit Riley.
My name is Kit Riley. I am a human who lives in regional Victoria, Australia. I do things with words and pictures. My interests include cats,
robots
robots, dreams,
bureaucracy
bureaucracy, magic,
neurodiversity
neurodiversity, and secrets.

I take an experimental approach to
life in general
life in general and
human communications
human communications in particular.


projects

publications

participations

  • 2016 | Rock into Recovery.
    2016 | Rock into Recovery.

    Pop-up art exhibition organised by Mind Williamstown for Mental Health Week. I exhibited prints of two drawings in Ellie's Kitchen, Newport.

    pencil drawing of a young woman with rabbit-like features
    Strange stranger: digital print from original drawing (pencil on paper)

  • 2016 | Open Mind Open Mic.

    Performance event organised by Mind Williamstown for Mental Health Week. I performed two poems: "OK GOOGLE" and "A poem about Magellan".


  • 2013 | Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

    Group exhibition at Substation Artspace, Newport, organised by Mind Williamstown. I exhibited an artist's book titled Wit's End.


  • 2013 | Senseless Speech.
    2013 | Senseless Speech.

    Performative lecture. In 2013 the World Hearing Voices Congress occurred in Melbourne. I delivered this performance as part of the program.

    animated gif of abstract, white noise-like flecks
    This video played on a loop behind me as I delivered my lecture

  • 2012 | The feeling of here.
    2012 | The feeling of here.

    Solo exhibition at the Stables Studio gallery, East Malvern. The Stables was a community art studio for people with psychiatric disabilities run by Prahran Mission. I was a member there for two years. The studios had a side gallery where I exhibited some collage prints and textile wallhangings.

    landscape photograph with strips from a copy of the same photograph collaged on top
    Digital print from photographic collage

For most of my twenties, I was what is euphemistically known as a "mental health consumer". I had psychiatric diagnoses which caused me significant disability and resulted in several psychiatric hospitalisations. During this time, I participated in various community mental health programs, most of them arts and crafts-related. Occasionally these programs had a public outcome of some kind.


This mode of art practice is not afforded the same social value as professional arts work, but I've decided to include it in my professional portfolio anyway. This is partly because I want to acknowledge the experiences I had in the mental health system which still inform my work today, but also because I want to reject the categorical distinction between these two art practices, and the tacit social judgements that are attached to them.


Despite this, I've still listed these events separately, because I wanted to give myself this space to talk about why I've included them. As in so many other situations in my life, I've had to choose between consistency and clarity.


My documentation for most of these events is very poor; I have listed them here as best I can.

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