SA artists present a unique salon environment where poetry and images resound and reinvent a chequered existence.

The Fit In Room & The Poetry of Object 0.1


Cutting edge art gallery Tooth & Nail (22- 28 Coromandel Place, Adelaide) will host a joint exhibition of new work by Adelaide artists David Paul Jobling & Indigo Eli from 18 -31 October.

The exhibitions entitled The Fit in Room and The Poetry of Object 0.1 draw words and images together in an exploration of identity. The exhibitions will be opened by artist and advocate Gaelle Mellis at 6.30pm on 18 October followed by readings by the artists.

The Fit In Room by David Paul Jobling is an immersive and interactive exhibition which plays with identity and personal history through words and imagery.

Patrons will enter the exhibition space which will be like a fitting room and be able to try on the various shirts and ‘wear’ what they say.

David’s collection of screen printed shirts offers a colourful insight into the way identity twists and turns like a river through a lifetime. With a grant from the Arts SA Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability Trust Jobling has fashioned dozens of business shirts to create a unique salon environment where his own poetry and the words of others resound and reinvent a chequered existence.

David said, ‘In a strange sort of way the content is really about media and the way it has shaped a fictional version of me through half-truths, misconceptions and opinion. If you only knew of me from what you’d read in the papers or seen on the television you’d have a very odd view of who I am and after the recent federal election I’m certain the same could be said for many other people.’

As part of the exhibition, Jobling will offer ‘poetry massage’, a new way of delivering poetry that he developed for the The Amazing Side Shed at the SPOKE Writer’s Festival during 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival.  ‘Poetry Massage isn’t ‘hands on’ as such, but it is very relaxing; everyone who tried it at The Amazing Side Shed really loved it. As the exhibition reflects my personal journey it becomes a comment on change in society over the past couple of decades; I feel it’s important to offer some lighter, more personal contrast to that weightier content, after all I’ve been in some extraordinary situations. For this work I’ve drawn on the aesthetics of Punk because it’s messy and haphazard like many aspects of my experience; it challenges the mundane and familiar the way life does. Including Poetry Massage includes a more positive and inspirational element that feeds visceral energy into whomever receives it,’ said Jobling.

The Poetry of Object 0.1 by Indigo Eli presents common objects which have been branded with her original poetry. During an artist’s residency at The Goodwood Institute Indigo developed a series of sculptures from found objects and other ephemera.She will be exhibiting her sculptures created and accumulated during that residency along with other objects that display her original poetry.








About the Artists

david paul jobling
artist | performer | dramatist

David curated the International Children’s Peace Prize Exhibition at The Wharf for Sydney Theatre Company. He has written for and appeared on stage, screen and radio for decades. Screen appearances include films as diverse as ‘Dr Plonk’, ‘The Munster’s Christmas Movie’ and ‘The Three Stooges’ (biopic) and television such as ‘All Saints’, ‘Water Rats’, ‘Love My Way’ and ‘Far Scape’. He has appeared on stage for Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin, Darlinghurst Theatre, Brown’s Lane and DC Peacock; in Adelaide David was seen at The Bakehouse in ‘Ephemera Stains’. David’s directing credits include “Onkaparinga River”, “Puppy Love”, “The Lonely Man” and “Last Days on Earth” for the 2012 Feast Festival. Most recently David built bird puppets for the “2013 Festival of Music” at the Festival Theatre. David was a judge for the inaugural Word Adelaide Festival’s poetry competition.
Graduate: National Institute of Dramatic Arts (Playwright’s Studio), Australian Film Television and Radio School (Writing – Situation Comedy), AC Arts (Advanced Diploma of Professional Writing).




Poetry of Object 0.1

Indigo 02

indigo eli
poet | performer | artist

Indigo’s work stems from the urge to document intangibilities and speak
the unspoken. Her interdisciplinary arts practice plays with poetry, performance and voice amid collection, costume, circus, movement, textile, object and the potency of moments. She takes on many roles including poet, performer, MC, speaker, stilt-walker, trainer and community artist and is a founding co-director of the nameless project and Spoken Word SA.

indigo; noun.ˈin-di-ˌgō (1) poet; one who moves and contorts within and without language to bring the poetically intangible into existence. (2) a deep reddish blue
(3) a contemporary gatherer threading poetry, circus, costume, voice and movement into new textures of performance. (4) graduate; Advanced Diploma of Professional Writing. (5) one who is given to sudden day-dreaming and replies to the chatter of birds. (6) co-founder of the nameless project and Spoken Word SA.
(7) one who is afflicted with the unstoppable desire to flirt with moonbeams. (8) three time Australian Poetry Slam national finalist. (9) the dye in your jeans.

copyrite image DP Jobling 2013

Important Dates

Opening: 6pm Friday 18th October. Artist and advocate Gaelle Mellis (Access 2 Arts) will officially open the exhibition at 6:30 followed by readings of original work by the artists performed at Tooth & Nail Gallery, 22 – 28 Coromandel Place, Adelaide


Exhibition Dates: 18th – 31st October

Special Events

Workshop / Artists Talk 2 – 4 pm Saturday 26th October Indigo Eli and David Paul Jobling offer a free artists talk about their work and an interactive workshop at Tooth & Nail Gallery, 22 – 28 Coromandel Place, Adelaide. Bookings essential.   040 414 8880 to book.

Spoke Case Performance at X Space, AC Arts Wednesday 30th October a performance with spoken word by the artists, video, song and music at AC Arts, 39 Light  Square, Adelaide. Entry by gold coin donation.

Halloween Pre-hangover Hiccup 2013 Thursday 31st October 7:45 pm join local poets and creative artists for readings including an open mic at Tooth & Nail Gallery, 22 – 28 Coromandel Place, Adelaide. Bookings essential.
0404 148 880 to book.






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