Terri Galdive explores memory, familial narratives and dream consciousness through experimental photomedia.
Galdive is reported to have made repeated reference to having been artistically influenced by his personal history, although this is undocumented. Raised in rural NSW by an unstable aunt, Galdive ran away from home during his early adolescence and lived on streets of Sydney for several years. There, he became exposed to street art and artists, and spent time in various university art libraries and galleries.
In 2002, with the help of friends he’d met while spending time at the Camperdown campus of the University of Sydney, he was able to establish himself in Newcastle, NSW. It was around this time that he began exploring art as a self-guided therapeutic pathway towards reconciling himself with his family. From 2002 to 2010, Galdive resided in Newcastle. He lived in Melbourne from 2010 to 2014.
Galdive’s unorthodox approach to exhibiting work takes its cue from the unauthorised approach of street artists, reinterpreting this through the lens of the contemporary artworld to critique commercial systems. He first showed works publicly in 2004 as part of a group show, featuring the work of homeless artists, that he curated and exhibited at Enmore Park in Sydney. This exhibition featured print works on paper framed to a high archival standard, hung from ropes secured to park fixtures and trees.
Since then, Galdive has continued to mount renegade exhibitions in public spaces across Australia, ranging from inner city parks to beaches, outback truck stops and even at sea, on a barge off the South Australian coast. Additionally, his work has been included in group exhibitions at community art spaces including Dudley House (Bendigo), Hamilton Lofts (Newcastle) and Lanfranchi’s Memorial Discotheque (Sydney).
Galdive has described his work as concerned with the colour composition of memories, which he analyses and reconstructs through digital processes. He has stated that he draws colour samples from family photographs that he sourced from his mother, who Galdive reconnected with in 2004.