Melbourne Central Video Loop series three opens tomorrow with Issues of Tomorrow. My work will be in one of the Portals on the lower ground floor this time (2nd one!). This film is titled, Understanding Hiraeth No.1.
If you're walking through Melbourne Central from next week on wards, look out for the Art Loop video screens programmed by Mars Gallery at the Lonsdale Entrance. Lots of different short films playing there.
I'm showing a film which is a bit of a work in progress: thinking about making home in the world today full of travel and flat pack furniture. It's called 'Making Myself at Home'.
I'm showing some of the films I made during my honours year at the Melbourne City Library for the month of July.
Titles are: Low Armchair, Just One, A Woman's Touch, Untitled (Striated), and Searching.
These films are a collection of my various attempts to re-explore particular spaces around me through ruptures in their perceived narratives, as a way to understand the phenomenon of developing place.
The figures of the migrant, refugee, home-maker and immigrant have greatly influenced the works, and acts such as crawling under a chair form an on-going effort to forge more primal connections with parts of my environment. These connections are a way of dealing with the feelings of disconnectedness I have from both the country I currently reside in and the one I left.
I just got back from Hobart today where I had been invited by Constance ARI to spend some time making a work with Lucy Parakhina, a local artist, for Dark Mofo. We had a pedestrian underpass tunnel to work with (so did two other pairs) at the Railway Fountain Roundabout, a site with heavy foot traffic and thoroughfare at the end of a main street (Liverpool) in Hobart’s centre. Incidentally the roundabout has recently been awarded the world’s best (I’m not actually sure what the conditions for this award are).
There’s a recently restored fountain situated in the centre of the roundabout, built in a style that’s visibly out of step with the surrounding city. Reminiscent of a spaceship, it was the Googie architectural style and a man named Geoff Parr who brought it about in the early 60’s. During the day the water sprays across whichever side the wind is blowing towards, and at night the whole things is illuminated in colour (it was blue during my first visit there and red the next for dark mofo).
Our response, Destination: West Coast, was to alter the way passersby walked through the tunnel by narrowing it to an off-centre bottleneck and filling the blocked space with collaged images of a setting very distant to the cold wintery Hobart we found ourselves in. The pictures showed a Southern California bathed in sunshine and optimism from the 1940-60’s, the time of Googie heyday when many roadside cafes and petrol (‘gas’) stations were designed to match the huge car culture and space-age excitement of the day.
Building the work was a lot of fun - if a little stressful - which I guess goes along with building a largish structure out of no previous experience in doing so. We had lots of help and it absolutely couldn’t have been done in time for the opening just 2 and a half days after the first structural pine was lifted down to the tunnel (using our knees, not our back of course).
The larger project was called Neither Here Nor There. It was featured on ABC radio and Mercury paper and at one stage we had 1700 people pass through in just 2 hours which was kinda surreal and a really gratifying.
Thanks to everyone who helped and came down to see the work – intentionally or by complete mistake...
I recently did a 1 month residency in Reykjavik, Iceland at the Icelandic Association for Visual Artists (SIM) and had an amazing time drawing and making films and mostly exploring the area and meeting incredible people. Still trying to sort through gathered material and start using it now I'm finally back in the country three months later.
This is part of the film I showed for the exhibition there, titled Between Oceans.
A Woman's Touch is showing at the moment at Art Loop in Melbourne Central. This first show features 32 artist films and is running continuously until 31st July so there's plenty of time to drop-by while you're up there, the films are excellent!!
Starting the year with a painting! This one's based on a recent collage and is considering ideas of displacement, the transitory spaces between here and there, and the complicated and confusing array of emotions which accompany migration, ranging from apprehension to wonder...
Hopefully it can be finished before I leave for a residency in Iceland soon!