TIVAF, GAFFA and BEAMS

I'm grateful I've recently taken a holiday to the holy land to acquaint with family I've never before met and as a result now understand from where my roots are spawned and why I am the way I am. Wouldn't say this holiday has provided me respite, but it has energised me in new ways and perspectives, for which I'm grateful. I've returned to delightedly announce the following news, that my artistic offspring are being exhibited this month across three different galleries and establishments. 

If you are proximate to Sydney (and hence myself) you will have two opportunities to enjoy my work alongside those of other wonderful Sydney artists. One of my works will be featured as part of Gaffa's Ten Years anniversary exhibition, opening the 15th and running until the 23rd September. More info here and coming soon via social media channels, etc. 

And for one night only - showcasing more than just flashing lights is one of Sydney's newest and rather needed nights for great art specific to it's inner city location of Chippendale is the BEAMS Festival 2016. My new work postquam terrae (an experimental video created in collaboration with the amazing performer Kathryn Puie) will debut on the rooftop of shop belonging to Extraordinary Ordinary Day - a flagship concept for shoes designed by the talented Ashley Lim. We both saw fit the connection of her minimal yet dynamic footwear to my work exploring the physicality of finding ground and walking unknown territory. We approached Nicky Ginsberg with this idea and here we are enjoying a Sydney spring art festival. So come down, the streets of Chippendale will be alive and plenty to see, eat, drink and chat about. Save Saturday 17th September from 5-10pm in your diaries and call out. Would be lovely to see you. 

More info here: beamsfestival.com.au

If you are in Tasmania this month - my video Aura Nox Anima (which premiered earlier this year at Gaffa, Sydney and the Chippendale New World Art Prize) is being screened at the Tasmanian International Video Art Festival (TIVAF) opening tomorrow: Friday 2nd Sep and running until the 24th Sep. More information here: www.tivaf.org

 

Still from :: postquam terrae :: 2016

Aura Nox Anima at Vivid Sydney

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It's with great pleasure that I can announce my latest short video work Aura Nox Anima has been accepted into the Chippendale New World Art Prize, running as part of Vivid Sydney this year.

I would like to thank my friend and performer from the video, Jessa Holman for landmarking this to me and that I should enter. For winning the prize would mean I can finance parts of the next video production I have visions for creating. One can hope. Time in Assisi, Italy would be a dream come true to draw up the story board for the next video work, collect footage of different topographies, architecture and explore what the female gaze could mean with me, a woman behind the camera, in relation to dance, movement, subject and space. 

I warmly invite you all down to The Old Rum Store, 2-10 Kensington St, Chippendale 2 June 2016 from 6pm to see me, my work and an entire barrage of Sydney artists featuring their work pertaining to the set theme of 'Spirit.' 

I also rarely celebrate my birthday and instead of doing so, I will channel the celebrations into this night - with a design to go out for further drinks and maybe dinner afterwards. Please join me. 

Find out more info here.

aura :: nox :: anima

I didn't think my next solo exhibition would fall so soon after my last one DUNE at Interlude Gallery in Glebe of Oct 2015. Six months later, in the vast and dry emptiness of the Moroccan desert, I snatched a brief signal whilst on the Dune of Reception, notifying me of my submission success.  I welcome you, on the autumnal equinox of March 31st to Gaffa in Sydney for  aura  ::  nox  ::  anima

Born out of existing bodies of work compelled by dry geographies such as the dunes and desert, my residency in Morocco yielded a more geological exploration into death and life cycles, by closely investigating rock and fossil forms. Still inclusive of bodyweather practices, dedication in mediation and movement within this harsh climate, invoked the elements somatically. 

The exhibition is in two parts: Video of long durational performance and movement in the dunes and 2D renditions of rock and stone faces found in what once was a sea bed teeming with life and now a dry barren desert. 

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Create or Die

So I've hit the motherland ground running. It's been busy and full of good news and great things to be working towards, such as my next solo exhibition at Gaffa (details to be released soon), being featured in Aesthetica Magazine's artist directory Feb/Mar Issue (more info here) and receiving notice from the amazing Sydney based media arts organisation DLUX, that my video DUNE is going to be screened at their next event: Is This Art?, as part of the Spectrum Now Festival

I guess this means more regular blogging and updating social media channels and for everyone who knows me, this will test my mettle, as I prefer to be living grounded in the real world, kinesthetically creating and producing art. But I am doing what I love and am happy to share it with those who have supported me in all stages of my journeys and believe in the message of my work. 

The event is hosted by Create of Die 10 Mitchell St, Marrickville, Sydney on Thursday 10th March 6-9pm

I would love to see you there! 

And a huge thank you to my dancers/performing artists who made my vision a reality. Lauren Lloyd Williams, Kirsten Packham, Angela French and Jessa Holman

Lux Eterna shares on ABC's Lateline

I was asked while I was at work today what I was doing on TV, specifically ABC's Lateline several nights ago. I had the pleasure of being invited to an open rehearsal of Xavier Le Roy's Temporary Title 2015. I was lucky to be in company of performers, some of whom I knew and included in such an warm and open developmental part of this art event, made possible here in Sydney by Kaldor Public Art Projects and Carriageworks. 

Here's the link for the episode on ABC's iView, if you're so inclined to see what I had to share: http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/lateline/NC1571H175S00#playing  (Watch from about 19:00 for the segment on Xavier Le Roy)

I also was encouraged to share a written reflection on my experience, this can be read on Kaldor Public Art Project's Blog here: http://kaldorartprojects.org.au/blog/lux-eterna

D U N E // Solo Exhibition Interlude Gallery, Glebe

The last year has directed artistic exploration based on time spent out in the sand dunes of Anna Bay, NSW. This current body of work has taken up residence for two weeks at Sydney's Interlude gallery in Glebe. Firstly, a huge thanks to those who came and supported me in my home city and to those who couldn't be present due to global distance and work priorities, this post is for you. I'm being asked to share the exhibition with you, so hopefully you can experience virtually here. Another big thanks to Interlude Gallery, Ballsy Wild Kombucha and Poor Tom's Gin, Sydney's own local brewers who kindly provided refreshment on the evening. 

W E L C O M E   T O   D U N E  

Exhibition Catalogue

You are able to see clean representations of the photographs exhibited here

You are able to see the video and soundscape here:

You can purchase and/or look to purchase works from here. Just bear in mind I haven't posted all of them as yet, but if something perks your interest, don't hesitate to contact me directly and we can arrange for it to become yours. Note that each print is one of four in its edition plus artist's proof. 

Isabela from Interlude did interview me about me and my work, you can watch me talk here:


Here are some images of the gallery space itself:

And some more kindly taken by friends of the opening and closing events: 

Facilitating with Marina Abramović in Sydney

“Art can’t change the world, It can only bring the consciousness and ask the questions. 

Once again feeling most grateful that Kaldor Public Art Projects makes such an awesome event possible, here in my hometown of Sydney, I am additionally joyous that I am one of Marina Abramović's facilitators for the project. 

I invite you all to come down over the next two weeks and experience being the art, being what it's all about through simply being present.  I, alongside several Sydney artists will initiate you through the space and into the experiences

Runs: 24 June - 5 July, 2015  ::  12 - 7pm daily   ::  Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney

Some info on her and her processes here:

http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/arts-and-entertainment/art/marina-abramovic-wonders-whether-shes-even-creating-art-20150612-ghkfpm

#marinainresidence

Vivid Lights // Sydney

I went to see the following light and sound installation by creative visionaries: Gemma Smith and Caterina Vicaretti. Who both teamed up to beam up the facade of Sydney's MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) with their art. The surface was awash with electric colours and cosmic shapes morphing from one into the next. 

Hypnotised by the kaleidoscope of anamorphic primal colour and subliminal shapes, I stood there in the cold and viewed it more than three times. It was the best night out since 'back in the days' without altering substances required. Art that moves the soul to unite. There are so many ways to get high, this, for me, is the most preferred and definite one of them. 

Subsequently, nothing further at the Vivid Lights Festival, seemed worthy of viewing. With my imagination sparked and my senses thrilled, I followed the track straight home and into bed. 

Read more about the artists here:

Gemma Smith:  http://www.mca.com.au/collection/artist/smith-gemma/ 

Caterina Vicaretti:  http://vimeo.com/user8666001