Night for Day (The Owl of Bunbury spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk)
|Night for Day||2015||mixed media installation||inimitables|
|(The Owl of Bunbury spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk)||Artwork, image and photography © Perdita Phillips||the nonhuman|
|4 x 6 x 3 m||$6600 complete installation|
|Mixed media: wood, Bureau of Meteorology rainfall maps of Western Australia from the late 1960s and early 1970s, cut brass, watercolours, digital prints, water samples||$1100 individual owls (subject to availability)|
|Project: Night for Day||2015|
|Exhibition: Bunbury Biennale||2015||Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Bunbury|
In this work sea level rises and climate changed were linked to owls and change processes. The quote about owls is a paraphrase from Hegel, arguing in his case about philosophy, but here referring to the positive potential to respond to change, even when it is right upon us.
This work is about reversals: how it might be possible to change from one state to another. It uses the metaphors of swapping night for day and far for near. It began when I noticed the yellow glow of light coming from the covered up convent windows and wondered what it might be like to see this light as a concentrated field of colour. What then might it mean if we could see the light of the night instead of the day? Like staring all the way around the world at the back of your head, what might it mean to see a possible future that you could not see before?
That of course is a pretty hard (and pretty absurd) thing to do, but we are living in times where society needs to be flexible and responsive to accommodate the changes that are facing us. Here I’ve combined this call for resilience and openness with things from nonhuman worlds. For me, seeing and experiencing nonhuman worlds is important because they can decentre us, and change day for night. Underlying my art practice generally is an interest in ecosystemic thinking and its role in imagining environmental futures.