HARDENVALE: Our Home in Absurdia

websized 1. Hardenvale approved marketing courtesy the artists


Hardenvale: Our Home in Absurdia

Saturday 10 April – Sunday 30 May 2021

Hardenvale – our home in Absurdia is a real-scale, immersive, house-like environment by Australian artists Catherine O'Donnell, Kellie O'Dempsey and Todd Fuller. Through drawing, projection, built form, sound and movement, this collaborative project references the architecture of post war fibro housing as well as spaces the group describe as 'the cultural fringe of Australia'. Crossing three generations, these artists’ re-imagine lived domestic space while expanding the practice of drawing to create an intimate and unsettling experience. Harvesting images from personal narratives of imperfect moments (both familiar and strange), Hardenvale is a humble dwelling made from drawing in which to spend time. This installation invites visitors to reflect on their own experiences and memories of home.


A low vision access audio guide by Sarah Houbolt was commissoned for this exhibition. This is available for download by clicking here, it can also be downloaded while visiting BRAG.

An education resource kit is available for this exhibition authored by Naomi McCarthy, it can be downloaded by clicking here,

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and with support from Create NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government. In its development phase, Hardenvale was also supported by the The NSW Artists' Grant which is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). This project was also supported by the Parramatta Artist Studios and Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence program.


Images L to R: 
Hardenvale - our home in Absurdia, 2019 (detail), Catherine O'Donnell, Kellie O'Dempsey and Todd Fuller, Installation. Courtesy the artists