Re-MEDIAting the Wild

Support material: proposed artworks

1. Wattie (follow the water)

Wattie2020looped videofilm and video
  Artwork, image and photography © Perdita Phillipsthe nonhuman
1:17 minute loop   
Project: follow the water20182021Albany/Kinjarling, Western Australia 

2. Anticipatory terrain (capricious dreams)

Anticipatory terrain (capricious dreams)2017video installationmultiples
  Artwork, image and photography © Perdita Phillipsthe-nonhuman
two looped videos with stereo sound and subwoofer in black box space   
Part 1 (5:46) projected onto a black wall. Part 2 (1:28) played on iPad nearer to door, about 1.3m above floor  
Project: both/and20172018  
Exhibition: Another Green World2017Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, Australia 

Can you imagine what an kangaroo might dream? Or a landscape?

Filmed primarily at Thomsons Lake, Perth, Western Australia, this video installation was comprised of two looped videos. At one end of the black box space the Part 1 (5:46) loop was playing directly onto a black-painted wall. Darker tones of the video were lost into the twilight and highlights became silvery traces in the darkened space. To the side and closer to the entrance was a shorter loop, Anticipatory terrain (capricious dreams) part 2 (1:28), played on an iPad screen at 1.3 m high. The green tones of Part 2 were made to match the muted colours of Part 1.

Anticipatory terrain (capricious dreams) was commissioned for and exhibited at Another Green World, curated by Andrew Frost for the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo August-October 2017.

Part 1 is shown above (note that it is ‘as projected’ and not ‘as seen on the wall’), and Part 2, below:

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Flourishing without purity (follow the water)

three people next to a drain holding a black and white poster that says flourising without purity
Flourishing without purity
2018Documentation of performative walkmultiples
  Artwork, image and photography © Perdita Phillipsthe nonhuman
47.5 x 47.5 cm   
digital inkjet print on paper
Project: follow the water20182021Albany/Kinjarling, Western Australia 

From the follow the water project: walking with local environmental scientists.


Entangled (follow the water)

entangled2018digital printmultiples
  Artwork, image and photography © Perdita Phillipsto place
47.5 x 71 cm   
digital inkjet print on paper  
Project: follow the water20182021Albany/Kinjarling, Western Australia 

Natura Autem Vivit, Sed Occisio de Felibus

Natura autem vivit, sed occisio de felibus
Natura Autem Vivit, Sed Occisio de Felibus2019cyanotype printmultiples
  Artwork, image and photography © Perdita Phillipsrisk
114 x 152 cm (framed) edition 2/3 available 
unique state cyanotype print  
Exhibition: City of Joondalup 2019 Invitational Art Prize 2019Hillarys, Western Australia 
Collection: City of Joondalup2019Joondalup, Western Australia 

Cyanotypes are an early photographic technique invented by astronomer Sir John Herschel in 1842. Paper is sensitised and then exposed to sunlight to turn uncovered areas of the image blue. Here, natural materials including bones have been combined with hand-drawn stencils. Quendas were once found throughout the southwest of Australia. But, unlike many other local marsupials, they still survive in pockets in the urban areas of Perth. Nature is alive, but [for] the killing of cats.

With thanks to the Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park and photographer Gary Tate.

Fossil (iii)

Fossil next to thrombolite sign at Lake Clifton
Fossil III 2019 limited edition fictionella book multiples
Artwork/selected images © Perdita Phillips knowledge
as part of the Lost Rocks project
96pp, 11 x 18cm limited edition $20 each
Softcover book with 30 illustrations
Exhibition: Lost Rocks 2017-2021 Lost Rocks by A Published Event

This is not a jellyfish

A short fictionella that starts with thombolites and finishes with the decimation of Banksia Woodlands on the Swan Coastal Plain. A mediation on CaCO3 — when fossils are not — and when history and the future needs revision. You will discover living fossils and quorum sensing, the story of Tennant’s Cabinet, pseudofossils, the Leedermeg, future fossils and lost worlds.

A forecast of storm (Derbarl Yerrigan)

A forecast of storm (Derbarl Yerrigan)2020videomultiples
  Artwork, image and photography © Perdita Phillipsrisk
Swan River dolphin recordings provided by Chandra Salgado Kent, Centre for Marine Science and Technology, Curtin University. 
8:23 minutes   
a sound listening  
Project: both/and2020Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River) 
Exhibition: Listening in the Anthropocene 2020Charles Sturt University online 

The colour of dust (the colour of fire)

The colour of dust (the colour of fire)
The colour of dust (the colour of fire)2020mobilemultiples
  Artwork, image and photography © Perdita Phillipsenvironment
300 x 250 x 2 cm   
acrylic on recycled cardboard  
Exhibition: Stuff 2020Gallery Central, Perth 

Everything is connected, everything is changing

Artist statement

This work on recycled cardboard attempts to capture the zeitgeist of the Australian summer of 2019-2020: I was in New Zealand in December and saw the sky’s light turn yellow. I saw a headline from an online article in Scientific American that resonated with what I was feeling. Whilst much of the impact of drought and fire occurred mostly in the eastern states of Australia, the fine suspended particulates from the fires have dispersed eastward around the world and back again to where I live in Western Australia.

Marvel, K. (2019). This was the decade we knew we were right: Everything is connected, and everything is changing. Scientific American. Retrieved from Scientific American Blog Network website: