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 to

Pick up a ceramic nest
And hold it in your hands

 Take a moment to feel its weight
Its shape, its purpose

 Then place it back in the space

Wherever you like…

I am very excited about this discovery. I love that the viewer is invited to engage with the work. That they can place themselves in it and experience it. I love that the gallery space and the work loses its preciousness; nests may get broken. (One did, but that one  fell off the wall in the set up!!) Mostly I love that the work could be experienced sensually and  kinaesthetically. It became about having an experience rather than about a concept.

Maybe its my dance and theatre background influencing my work, a desire to break down the fourth  wall…maybe its my community arts practice and a desire to connect with people, maybe it was easier to let the audience design the space…it was certainly interesting  and delightful to witness the flow of the nests through the space.

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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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