Artist Residency - Morocco

I'm only five more sleeps away from flying out and into the Moroccan desert for one month on artist residency at Cafe Tissardmine. They have advised it is hard for most artists to last the entire month, yet I'm relieved that there will be no internet and I am divining for solitude, silence and rejuvenation by getting up close and personal with a vastness of Earth's terrain that has me meditating on death, physical laws of thermodynamics and more mystical stirrings of rebirth.

I also wish to include my own long durational performance and Bodyweather practice into the elements of the Sahara, so that they may inform my movement and art making for the next year. The current body of work that has beaconed my creations has been because of the desert, the dunes and what I found there. I am trusting that I may begin to go deeper into this journey, as I intuit this next step a necessity. I have been resting now in the days before I travel, so that my energy can be focused for work, be grounded physically for drastic temperature shifts, sandstorms and ready to call on my meditation practice once there to guide me further into the chasms of shifting sands and dust. Of us. 

A lot of my personal artist and spiritual practice is embedded in Butoh, Bodyweather and meditation. I've recently and quickly trying to scour for information upon which to think before I leave in addition to searching for Butoh dance workshops in Europe while I am overseas. I found this excerpt on Tatsumi Hijikata:

 'Hijikata's ankoku butô attempted to shatter the complacency of his spectators by placing on stage everything that our modem world required to be hidden from sight because it caused existential discomfort - disease, disability, sexuality, death, and the waste produced from massive material consumption. Whether physically buried in the earth or repressed deep in the human psyche, these banished parts became phantoms that he believed haunted the souls of modern people. By putting what was taboo onto the stage, Hijikata urged people to look at these disowned parts of themselves.'

I know that my explorations in bones and death stem from a very similar desire. I'm am comfortable with what most people are not. I recall a quote, but not by who: 'The role of the artist is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable' Hijikata puts it more eloquently and commits action behind this by urging people to proximate with their self's 'disowned' parts. 


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

Zola Jesus writes:

About the  spirituality of finding other artists with whom one wholly connects. 

One of my most inspiring musical artists Zola Jesus writes about the above. After many years myself searching through the cliched spiritual paths, I returned to find all I ever needed to access 'that' plane was within myself and art. 

I still haven't connected artistically with others, that is I haven't found that ineffable synergy which lends unspoken idiosyncrasies the universe can only match and understand. Still, I'm hopeful. 

Zola Jesus writes on Japanese cinema, musical scores, ikebana, surreal imagery which interconnects sub-consciously with the viewer and herself as an artist. Perhaps she gets deeper into theory than I like to.

Read on and watch the films. Great eventide in. 

http://www.self-titledmag.com/2013/08/01/celluloi-v-zola-jesus-on-the-films-of-hiroshi-teshigahara/

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