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…