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 and have left a stash of clay for his daughter to use…. to schools experiences, art therapy experiences and just playing in the mud experiences…
Today is the 1st of August… I have 17 days until …
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
This work is my response to her experiences as a community artist, bearing witness to stories of trauma that flow from or lead to the loss of a home, a safe space, a community.
“If only rebuilding a home, a community, a future was as simple as twisting some found rope and reclaimed copper…”
Hope is a fragile thing, so easily lost sight of in the barrage of media and world events. But it is “the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” (Emily Dickinson)
Opening Wednesday 17th August 6 – 9pm
Runs 17th August – 3rd September
Hours Wed – Sat 12 – 5pm
Level 1/ 309
VIC 3051 Australia
Please come and join me at the opening on Wednesday 17th August 6 – 9 pm
This work was developed in a Creative Spaces managed studio.
Creative Spaces is a program of Arts Melbourne at the City of Melbourne
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….
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 freight train line
a constant stream of ‘goods’ coming and going
rising and falling with the tide
heading always to the sea
On that sea
containers travelling to and from the port
And woven through this landscape conversations
Already hanging in the space was Dagmara’s net with folded boats.
I added a shipping rope curled into a nest with the end of the rope stretched across the wall.
tributaries feeding a river
branches of a tree
A road map
Then the mermaid. jumped in…
On the last day i invited 5 performers to come and explore the work….
We created a 1 hour rolling improvisation, moving in and out of the container.
(Video to come!!)