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 got to watch the general public interact with the installation. It was so delightful. People on bikes negotiating the tails, walkers caught by sounds , stopping and looking, curious minds trying to workout where the sound came from….pulling the tails of the nests or waving their hands around thinking they were activated by their presence (unfortunately not just sparse sounds randomly emerging)

Only two people found the need to tell me it was dangerous…everyone else enjoyed it, so many smiles,so much curiosity. It really was such a joy to experience others experiencing it.

 

Its hard to capture the the experience with the camera ….

Warringa Park School

In November i was once again invited  back to  Warringa park special school. This is my 3rd project with them. I was  very excited to see the development in their skills …. In using the tape and the cane and understanding both what we are making and how to make it….

This time it was a tram ….

The first day 4 classes helped me to build the frame, and the following week another 2 helped my cover it in the paper and then add the drawings. The fabulous art teachers Andrea and Ruth, had worked with their classes to create a number of different styles of drawings and collages to glues on the tram for decoration….

They looked great and I’m sure they were the highlight of the end of year arts show.

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

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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

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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 freight train line
a constant stream of ‘goods’ coming and going

Beside us
The river
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
about migration
about  refugees
about things

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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.

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tributaries feeding a river
branches of a tree
A road map

Then the mermaid. jumped in…IMG_2068

On the last day i invited 5 performers to come and explore the work….

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We created a 1 hour rolling improvisation, moving in and out of the container.
(Video to come!!)

(Black and White Photographs by Dagmara @ wildwildgoose.com )

Walk on the Wild Side

Waringa Park School
The completed animals……..
They did a great job

Lantern Season is over…for this year

Since returning from the  Bird Lab Residency is Sweden I have been deep in lantern land.

First the Lismore Lantern Parade
This year we celebrated the 20th anniversary of this fabulous event.

and then

INTO THE LIGHT – Cycles of Change.
This was the 4th year for INTO THE LIGHT, which started in response to the 2009 Black Saturday fires. Each year we have reflected on the process of healing and with a group of local artists,designed an event in response to where the community is at now.

It is a very special event. I feel privileged to be part of it
This years video is still in process but here are the last 2 years.

Between Land and Sky
The Unfolding Story

And now that lantern season is over
I have time to return to my studio.

This started with a shift from studio 2.14 which has been my home for the last 2 years to works in progressStudio 2.26 across the hall. (At River Studios in West Melbourne which is run my City of Melbourne’s Creative Spaces program)

A chance to dust of the dust and re look at everything that i have gathered or done or thought about doing. I now have a wooden floor, 2 white walls and a square space rather than a rectangle.

So i sat in it today
and stared at all the projects
started, played with , begun, thought about
and waiting
waiting
waiting
for me to start, return to , finish, begin , complete, start,
remember

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how do they inter link?
Do they inter link?

 

Is it all one creative journey ?

Or separate threads heading in opposite  directions?

Questions

always questions.

So I picked up some clay (my newest thread)
and blocked out the questions
and let my fingers play

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