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 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…

 

 

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 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     
 
at
Rubicon ARI
Level 1/ 309
Queensberry Street
North Melbourne
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
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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….

rope

When I was coming to Harlosa i was asked if i wanted anything… I asked for rope as this is a material i have been using in Melbourne and sometimes it’s not so easy to find…

I have been a bit over whelmed by the response …rope has been delivered to my door, big thick chunky worn rope.

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Its taken me a while to approach the rope, partly because other materials have taken my attention, and partially because my head has been full of what i would do with it in Melbourne… so i have been thinking that i need to wait for the response to emerge from this place that i am in  now.

Firstly I worked with the white rope
and this appeared…
in response to seeing the Pendulum Tit nest…

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Today i bring it inside the thick brown rope
and start to pull it apart.

It’s interesting to see the parts it is made up of.
4 thick stands and a thinner stand also made up of 3 parts that have been twisted together.

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 …..
I think i will have lunch before i start……..

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