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…

Threads That Connect

INTO THE LIGHT 2016 Threads that Connect INTO THE LIGHT is a community process and event developed using art to explore ongoing recovery issues in the region, break down isolation and build connections. It began in 2011 in response to community needs following the 2009 Black Saturday Bush fires. Locals asked that the project be repeated, to continue a collective reflection, realising that community recovery is an ongoing and evolving process that takes time to unfold. So for the past 4 years we have been engaging in a collective collaborative art project in the Whittlesea Township and surrounding areas, as…

Please Touch

  During the installation of this work I had been determined to place the clay nests on the wall, as I had originally imagined them. But it just didn’t work.(I really did keep trying to make it work!!) I finally allowed myself to listen to both the work, and my friends, whose advice I had asked for and placed all of the nests on the floor. In the action of doing this, Paul Blackman and I discussed how lovely it was to hold them. The clay nests have a warmth about them. From this we decided to invite the audience…

Nest

A review and images from my installation at Rubicon ARI, Queensbury St, Melbourne August 2016   “Very cool to drop in on Stefanie Robinsons installation at Rubicon ARI today……we walk into a white space, walls , floor and ceiling . Hanging from the roof detritus ropes, sun worn ,ocean swept , sometimes unravelled and frayed . At intermittent points the ropes flair out into beautifully woven nests before being drawn back to follow gravity and continue to the floor where some coil , frayed ends tickle the floor, a minute nest, the essence of intimacy and well being , nestles…

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…

Scenes on the Yarra

I sent a lovely day yesterday in Williamstown as apart of the final Scenes on the Yarra guided performance/installation  celebrating the Yarra River, created by Jeminah Reidy. I installed a collection of nests in trees along Nelson Parade and highlighted them with a sound scape created by Dean Lombard.  The soundscape include a song that he had written in response to one of the nests I had made from rope found washed up on the newport breakwater. The long tails of the nests reached down to the footpath. As I sat and waited for the performance to pass through I…

Continuum

As promised…. the professional photos of the installation installed in the Dirty Dozen Windows for the Christmas Exhibition “Urban Forest”. It was very exciting to be included in this exhibition, I have eyed up these display cases for a long time…. Lighting by Bronwyn Pringle Thanks to Alf Caruna for the Photos…. alfcaruana.com.au