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…

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…

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…

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. 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…

a new home

last Thursday tsunami 2 was presented to the new principal of the school in Minami Sanruki that i visited 2 years ago. This school no longer has a school. The buildings have gone… although the GPS in the hire car says it is still there as it does with many locations ghosts hovering in a virtual landscape Instead this school shares the buildings with another school. next year the school itself will be merged with other schools. What makes a school? Its buildings or its teachers and students? anyway…. i presented tsunami 2 to the new principal… explaining that it…

Tsunami 1 and 2

Three years ago i went to Minima Sanruki, a small village on the east coast of Japan, with Polyglot Theatre.This village had stood in the way of a giant wave. (You can read more about that visit here) At the time i picked up a piece of black rope, a remnant of a place, a time, an event.and bought it back with me. On reflecting on my experience I wovewhat i called Tsunami.   In 5 days i will be returning to Minami Sanrukiagain with Polylgot I was sitting in my studio starring at the piece of rope that was leftwondering what…

a gardening day

yesterday I pulled up some bricks from the front of the studio i live in to make room for more garden In the process old tree roots were removed, as was the min that had established itself through the small garden that was there already. and then i wove them into this…….. a nest a place where new things are given birth too Weaving the mint was great a minty smell released as i twisted and pulled at the roots adding a freshness and a sensualness to the task then i planted some bulbs into the new garden….. a touch…