Like many words, the term 'cross section' has multiple meanings. On the one hand, it describes the surface that is exposed when someone cuts into an object. On the other, it refers to a group or sample that is designed to represent something larger.
Both apply at crosseXions — and no, the title of Metro Arts' latest exhibition isn't a typo. Instead, the Beth Jackson-curated showcase compiles the work of a dozen emerging creatives, and embraces their forays into feminist and environmental concerns.
The end result doesn't just display virtual self-portraits, audio recordings, costumes, photographs and sculptures by James Barth, Clark Beaumont (Sarah Clark & Nicole Beaumont), Katina Davidson, Dana Lawrie, Julie-Anne Milinski, Clare Poppi, Merri Randell, Leena Riethmuller, Camille Serisier, Lynden Stone and Shayna Wells, though it does do that. It also attempts to peer inside the issues surrounding the artworks and the artists, be it the darker side of jewellery making, the perception of pregnant women or the ways in which feminine and transsexual bodies are represented.
Image: Intent-Response5, digital photograph, Shayna Wells, 2016.