I have been honoured to take part in a women’s cultural exchange courtesy of Taiwanese born curator Yihsin Chang. The pairing of Western Australian artists and Taiwanese born women over food, shared stories and cultural objects has resulted in a series of artworks being created for the “Antipodean Encounters” exhibition. The exhibition consists of work made by the artists in response to a Taiwanese cultural object dear to their partner. In my case this was a home ancestor shrine.
Image: After All These Years, Still I Yearn (2018), timber and found objects. Photograph courtesy of Gregor Hart
Fundamentally Unstable; 2016/17; concrete with site specific soil, found object, PU foam, paint.
I am super excited to be one of 30 finalists for the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize for 2017, along with fabulous fellow Western Australian artists Anna Louise Richardson and Abdul-rahmen Abdullah. The exhibition is in its 30th year and opens at the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum on 11th November, 2017.
Natura Morta: -31.915099, 115.927288; 2017; concrete with site specific soil, copper, aluminium powder, lead.
And, below, a peek behind the scenes for an installation in progress shot. Thanks to QUT curator Kevin Wilson.
I was pretty pleased to have Stack chosen from a national field of candidates to be a finalist in the Melbourne based Wyndham Art Prize 2017.
Image: Stack, 2016. Concrete with site specific soils, metal brackets
5th June 2017
Wow! That went fast. Here are a couple of images from the final body of work. What a great space and team at Another; thanks so much for the opportunity and support.
2nd May 2017
These works are using soil, found objects and plant material from the south west boundary of the site.
23rd April 2017
I am very excited to begin making again during my residency at Another Project Space, part of the Artsource studio complex in Ashfield. Another have a reputation for fostering artistic experimentation and research (more info at www.anotherprojectspace.org and Anna Dunnill’s article about Perth based ARIs at https://visualarts.net.au/news-opinion/2016/rise-maker-spaces-perth/).
My intention is to create work that looks at the Ashfield precinct, and will involve documenting areas within approximately a kilometer of the Another studios and would involve the collection, documentation and preservation of soils, waste, plant materials and other found fragments and materials which explore historical and current land uses. Part field scientist and part artist, I would aim to produce a series of small sculptures that embody a site through the exploration of cultural and personal histories. Through the use of site specific soils to make concrete, the physicality of a place is captured, along with all the particles, toxins, fragments and organic matter that soil contains. The inclusion of other found objects as moulds or inclusions further emphasise the dislocation around identification with place.
I have some work in this show – please come along and see what I have been working on all year. There is some great work by the talented graduating class of 2016. For details, follow the link below – all welcome.
(Image: Testing installation options for a body of work titled Fundamentally Unstable, predominantly small, concrete based works with a passing nod to the materialities and culture of the construction industry.)