I just don’t think that way (2020) is a time-based installation where earthly objects, collage and moving image combine to explore thoughts on otherness and nonhuman perspectives. Drawing on the natural world, including mineral elements, plant life and astral forms, the work arranges and transforms found and shaped materials to reveal a symbolic exchange or magical relation between disparate things.

In this work, I am interested in movement, and its ability to communicate nonverbally through gesture. By bringing inanimate or imaginary objects into being, I just don’t think that way equates motion and emotion as the same. With a focus on the otherworldly, the work aims to create an atmosphere that facilitates self-reflection, bringing the human condition and natural forces into a comprehensible relationship.

This work was developed while on a two-month residency in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland in 2019, supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

Lisa Sammut’s practice encompasses sculpture, light, video and installation. She has exhibited widely in Australia, undertaking several recent large-scale projects including HIGH LOOM, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney (2019) and A monumental echo, presented at both Firstdraft, Sydney (2018) and Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth (2019). In 2018, Sammut was a finalist in the John Fries Award at UNSW Galleries, a resident at Parramatta Artist Studios and completed her MFA by Research at UNSW Art & Design. In 2019, Sammut attended residency programs in Iceland and France including a video and installation art mentorship with conceptual artist Laure Prouvost.