Arts Residency at the Burren College of Art, Ireland
On 13 September 2017 I’ll be flying to Ireland, via a few days flight recovery in London, to take up the invitation of this residence at the Burren College of Art. Located in the Newton Castle, the college has a prestigious reputation in Europe, particularly in contemporary design. It is located in the incredible Burren National Park; a strange ancient place of natural beauty, mystery and history.
The purpose of this residency is to learn a new Projection Mapping program, and maybe even project my work onto this intriguing landscape. Some of my ancestors walked this land, and it calls me irresistibly, so I’ll also be researching my question: Do we hold all the memories of our ancestors in our DNA?
There has been consistent action with my videos – here’s a summary:
I made a new video, Ancestral Mischief, for the prestigious Chin Chin wall in Flinders Lane, Melbourne. It is much longer than I usually make them and will be showing until 2 October 2017. http://www.chinchinrestaurant.com.au/wall-of-art
A Paradox Of Cosmic Origin is in Mars Gallery’s Melbourne Art Loop until January 2018. https://www.melbournecentral.com.au/what-s-happening/artloop
My video By Blood and the sculptural Moon I made for the Collingwood Children’s Farm were both in the Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2017. http://gspf.com.au/work/moon-ball/
By Blood and A Paradox Of Cosmic Origin screened in the Venice Experimental Video and Performance Art Festival 2017
And I have been invited to put work in the Westport Light Festival, Ireland 2017.
Winter Solstice Bonfire at the Collingwood Childrens Farm 2017
I’ve been Artist-In-Residence at the Children’s Farm for six years now, and we’ve just presented the 2017 Bonfire Event. This year we were working with an ancient Russian (though some say Bulgarian!) folk story about Vasilisa and Baba Yaga. It was actually Baba Yaga that captured everyone’s attention most, so I made her house: 4 metres high, standing up on chicken legs, strewn with the bones of people the Yaga did not consider to be of pure heart and good integrity. We made a giant Baba Yaga puppet, beautiful panels of ‘fencing’ around the bonfire, painted by the very talented Alec Gutteridge. And I repapered the moon I made last year and projected one of the videos that’s showing in Venice onto it. One of my favourite things of the night was listening to what people thought the subject of my video was. Oh, and the way the Yaga leapt up in the flames of the bonfire to let us know she was very definitely present and having a great time!
Why Can’t I Talk About This
A Project in Development
By Dr Rosemary Farrell and Annie Edney
The project is evolving around the forensic research of my friend Rosemary, who was adopted as a tiny baby. The thoroughness and depth of her research has led her to meet an 11th cousin in Croatia, and has revealed the shocking story of Forced Adoption in Australia. She has also gathered lots of information on the psychological effects of adoption.
So we are making an installation with projections of an abstracted poetic interpretation of the factual and emotional aspects of the story.