Sculpture – 50 x 50 x 30 centimetres approximately
A Garden of Unnatural Delights
It’s been such fun to be a part of the Garden of Unnatural Delights. I loved meeting others and seeing their pieces be made during the workshop. We only had 1.5 hours to make our exhibition piece and boy did that go quickly. I’d love to do this workshop again cause exercises to stimulate creativity should be done at least 3 times per week but only under the supervision of a qualified professional *wink* (On Instagram)
Nick and Michelle Genders
Series of 4 digital images
12cm x 12 centimetres
During the Hatch program that generated the artwork that was included in the ‘Transformational’ exhibition I worked intensively with one person called Nick.
On the first week of the Hatch, during our initial discussions, I noticed that Nick wanted to contribute something. When prompted, he stood up and walked into the centre of the group and communicated in sign language. He had not done this in previous programs and it definitely stood out as a special moment. Although we did not understand what he was saying, we were struck by the beauty of the way he moved his hands.
In subsequent weeks I worked with Nick, and with the help of his carer Malcolm, we explored the ways that Nick communicates. This included written words, gestures, sounds and body movements. I learnt about the things that were important to Nick, such as his group home and the friends that he lives there with. A breakthrough occurred when we traced one another’s bodies with a marker lying down on a large sheet of paper.
I realised that if I learnt sign language then this would open up communication with Nick even more. I learnt simple alphabet based sign language and through this Nick told me that his favourite bands were Abba and the Beatles. We watched Abba videos together on Youtube and he was clearly excited by this. He even started to sing! I knew that hw could play piano (because I had seen a video from a previous program where he did this) and we moved towards expressing Nick’s love of Abba using his forms of communication.
Nick told us that his favourite Abba song is ‘Fernando’ so we got hold of the sheet music and he used a keyboard to learn to play the song. It was another huge breakthrough for him to learn this new song and he really pushed himself to do it!
Next we worked with the lyrics of the song. We decorated Nick’s hands in the style of the costumes worn by Abba in their videoa. We wrote out the lyrics to ‘Fernando’ and Nick and I signed all of the lyrics to the chorus together. Again, he really pushed himself to make this part of the video. It is not comfortable for him to have things stuck on his hands but he enjoyed the way the decorations looked.
This artwork represents a transformation for Nick because he really extended his strengths into new areas in order to make it. Not only did he learn new things, so did I. I really like knowing what he is saying rather than it being a mystery as it was originally.
Chalk, roses, berries, iris, stones, bones, plastic, glass and candles
Installation – 5 x 5 metres
One meaning of vital is “necessary to the existence, continuance and well-being of something”. Many spiritual traditions agree that a vital part of spiritual exploration is practice. That is, actual actions undertaken to connect with the spirit in order to know its and our own inner nature. A labyrinth is a tool for practice. Walking through a labyrinth or using your eye to follow the pattern is an ancient spiritual practice. The first known labyrinth in a Christian context dates back to the 4th century.
Walking the path of a labyrinth, or tracing the pattern with your eye, is an act of contemplation and self-exploration. I’ve created a labyrinth using a collection of enduring and ephemeral materials. Some of these materials last longer than others, but all are subject to decay over time. This is a reminder to contemplate our own mortality, the potential for change within our own life time, and the things that endure beyond our own existence.
Awareness muscle journal
I collected 2 articles per day for 7 days and responded to them in an A4 art journal.
Academy of Emergency Art
It works by the energy of light
Solar powered gadget, emu feathers
Sculpture – 5 x 5 x 15 centimetres approximately
Above Earth, Below Sea