Two rocks sit on my shelf in a Chinese box, reminding me of 2013 travels
On Wednesday I will be installing a work at the Momentum show at the Perth Centre for Photography. It’s called Unseen work for unwitnessed exhibition: the spatial patchiness of rainfall is a characteristic of Australian arid and semi arid ecosystems and is composed of a contact print, chair, and bunch of spinifex. This was a piece made for an exhibition called Women’s Work when PCP was upstairs in William Street in 1995. In part it is a self portrait. I was living in the Kimberley and never saw the show. Instead I sent down an undeveloped roll of film and a spinifex clump and asked for the spinifex to be installed on an old chair in the gallery. A contact sheet was included on the wall nearby. Now I am in the process of recreating it with the help of two special spinifex gatherers who have sent me 11 bunches! Meet Ernie (on the white chair, smaller and more cat-curled-up-like) and Bert (a larger, greener clump with more seed heads).
These are the two largest bunches (click on the images). Which do you think is the best spinifex? Please vote by 6am on Wednesday (AWST) and I will take your opinion into consideration when I choose which one for the gallery.
…and now that I have oodles of spinifex and I will have to make another piece with these beautiful plants…
Unseen work for unwitnessed exhibition: the spatial patchiness of rainfall is a characteristic of Australian arid and semi arid ecosystems
The Momentum show at PCP includes
This was a piece made for an exhibition called Women’s Work when PCP was upstairs in William Street in 1995. I had to re-find a bunch of spinifex for the work.
Momentum opens 31 October 2013, 6pm, Perth Centre for Photography at 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge WA and runs until 8 December
More details about the show:
A cross-section of Western Australian photography exhibited at the PCP over the past 21 years. 2013 is a milestone year for the Perth Centre for Photography. PCP is coming of age. It’s been an extraordinary journey of growth. In over two decades of existence the PCP has made it its mission to foster, support and promote excellence in photographic practice in this state and beyond. Momentum is a coming of age story. It’s about looking back as well as ahead to new initiatives and growth. PCP’s future has never looked more positive.
Curated by Paola Anselmi
To be officially opened by The Hon John Day MLA, Minister for Culture and the Arts
Guest speaker Les Allester
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Perdita Phillips will be participating in a residency Field_Notes – Deep Time at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the University of Helsinki in Lapland. The Finnish Society of Bioart has organised the residency to explore the disparity between the time cycles of geological, environmental and biological processes and the human perception of time. The residency will explore local geology, ecology and nature and is followed by a symposium in Helsinki. Phillips will be working in a team led by visual artist/environmental artist Leena Valkeapää: “We will be follow time in a living landscape from the perspective of the local reindeer herding tradition” (http://bioartsociety.fi/deep_time/time-and-landscape/).