Chris Budgeon / What is True / April 04 – 21 2012
Chris Budgeon’s series What is True explores the nature of fear through the guise of childhood memory. His work depicts children and early teenagers in scenes that play out visual tensions, suggesting something is about to occur or has just happened. While these scenarios are based on his own mnemonic linkages to childhood fears, he wants to also suggest an uneasiness that something unsettling lies just beyond the picture frame; of something quiet yet potentially menacing.
“These images take us to a plane ever so slightly removed, only to untether a kind of raw, enveloping psychological weight. It is not necessarily what is pictured within the frame that entrances us so, but the spectre of what exists just beyond its bounds.” – Dan Rule 201
Budgeon has exhibited both locally and internationally. He has received numerous industry awards and has been a finalist in nearly every major photographic prize in Australia including: The Olive Cotton Award; William and Winifred Bowness Prize, MGA; National Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; The Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award; Head On Portrait Prize and the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.
His work is held in several permanent collections including those of the prominent Gold Coast City Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.