Artsbox Residency

For the month of April I was in residence at the City of Maribyrnong Artsbox. Where I continued my exploration of clay and rope, discovering new ways they can interrelate. I invited visitors to make a pinch pot from clay and to share their clay stories. These pots and stories were woven into an installation that emerged over the four weeks of the residency. I had a steady stream of people popping in. Everyone was keen to get their hands dirty Most had a story or previous experience of clay. From traditional vessels and practices in Vietnam and Nepal,a  fathers who was potter…

nest… upcoming installation

Today is the 1st of August… I have 17 days until … Nest Stories in rope and clay “Today I bring inside the heavy brown rope and start to pull it apart     It is thick with dirt, dust and oil. It holds a story of work.     It is rugged and strong, like an old farmer who has spent his life in the fields…”   These nests have been woven from rope and formed in clay.   Fragile containers for hope:  an invocation for  shelter, security and safety for all.    This work is my response to her experiences as a…

The Village….. part 2

So quickly it happens…. The Village has gone up, and been taken done and now rests in a box in the studio. Except the shipping rope which is still sitting in the back of the car waiting for that extra person to be available to help us lift it out! Thanks to all of those who made it to have a look. I received a lot of positive feedback and have the vision for the next one…. Here are some photos from the opening….

The Village is up and open…..

On Monday I installed The Village at Trocadero Gallery In Footscray. Paul Blackman, an old friend and fabulous artist with a great eye for installation helped. getting the shipping rope up the stairs was a challenge but totally worth it. This exhibition will be open from September 2nd – 19th Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 5pm The opening is on Saturday 5th 4 – 6 pm These are just a few of the photos I snapped after the installation…. there will be more!

Sometimes the materials want to tell there own story…

Wire burnt in the Black Saturday Fires given to me by a farmer has been sitting in my studio quietly gathering dust until recently when I was looking for something to weave… Some made is way into the base of a nest The rest wanted to tell its own story and all i had to do was hang it on the wall It soft twist and lines of straggling wire creating a 3d sketch

Today i made this…..

Still working the the notion/form of the nest a little obssesed with clay Inspired by last terms teacher challenge –  to make a nest in clay by thinking like a bird (these are the ones i made in class!) I up scale… Its my first attempt at working with clay outside a class situation…. so the test will be in the firing… have i made the paper clay right?… Will the mix of clays i have used work? Whoops i forgot to run a wire underneath the second one…will i get it off the board all those great learning questions…

Contained

In January I took up a fellow artists offer to make an installation in a shipping container. WildWildGoose Contained was a 3 month residency by Dagmara in 2 shipping containers next to the Maribrynong Rver in Footscray (Melbourne) Check put the other work that was created in this space on the Facebook page Wildwildgoosecontained On the overpass bridge next to the container are two enormous pasted up photos of Uncle Larry, gently watching over us, and those who pass by. Across the river a depot of shipping containers a 24 hour flow of trucks and cranes Next to us a…