Born 1986 in Perth, Australia
Lives and works in Sydney, Australia
In The Waiting Room, a creature sits alone, waiting patiently. It is either the first to arrive or the last to leave; it is eager to participate despite being excluded. Simultaneously attractive and repulsive (borrowing features from the endangered Yunnan snub-nosed monkey) it stands as a manifestation of the ‘monstrous other’. The artist sees the creature as a selfportrait, frozen yet anticipating a journey. The paintings on the walls point to the vastness and difficulty of the obstacles ahead. These scenes of raging seas are both meditative and oppressive, placing the audience in the same liminal space as the creature; between the place it left, and the place it hopes to go.
Abdul Abdullah’s practice addresses the contemporary experience of being an ‘other’ in a multicultural society. Through his explorations, he extrapolates an incisive examination of universal aspects of human nature.