Please Don’t Disappear | Rachel Mortlock

EXHIBITION | 3rd - 11th February 2024

Gallery opening times:
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th February, 12pm – 5pm
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th February, 12pm – 5pm

Preview: Friday 2nd February, 6pm – 8pm

Please Don’t Disappear ruminates on the visual language of longing and nostalgia drawn from images taken during walks that capture elements of architecture that are often over looked; drain pipes, tiled stairs and an unoccupied building. The exhibition brings together a new body of work comprising Lino prints, collages and sculpture within a site-specific installation.

Mortlock playfully reimagines her everyday encounters and experiences using materials that evoke furniture and architecture. She examines how space and built environments can inform memory, language and the process of social exchange by representing a specific period of her life. Evoking a place that blurs her memory and imagination through a transient time in her life. The exhibition documents her moving home several times within a two-year period, through an uncanny interrogation into domestic materials of the home, demonstrating a continuous rebuilding of a familiar interior.

The gallery space is dominated by a central structure, an echo from another place encompassing and shielding objects behind its tiled alter-like facade. The structure forces visitors to navigate around its threshold, to witness scenes of a projected future. Drawing attention to how we navigate the spaces around us, and compelling the audience to consider the narratives and traces that accumulate through entering an imagined interior space.

The facade veils behind it a minimal simulacrum of a home, full of familiar yet curious objects. Pastel dog treats litter the floor; frames hang on the wall like family portraits, but instead, display drawings, ideas and found objects; and on a table, a hamster cage houses a family of giant woodlice. The installation brings together an array of unusual objects like fragmented memories, with obscure and oversized elements that corrupt the bourgeois scene of domesticity.


The former 36 Lime Street Gallery was established in 2009 as an artist run space to provide a platform for emerging and established artists to experiment and take risks with new work. Selected by committee from an open call, 8 proposals are selected and exhibited throughout the year.

The gallery space continues to provide a platform as 36.