As I do not usually toot my horn over a work that is yet to be delivered, I’m not going to say much, but there will be a tranSTURM work dropping in late May for Vivid Ideas in Chatswood. The work will be a part of the Future Abstract exhibition. I might share some stills and all that once the job is sorted 🙂
Gosh it’s been a while since I gave it some effort, and with some techincal issues the site was out of action for a few days too – so I hope that the new site is a reasonable change…there are still some additions to be made, but I will be staggering out the work over time, as the main reason I’ve not attended to this for a while is that I have been super duper busy. So there are a lot of projects I need to add, and getting all that sorted will be an ongoing effort.
An exploration of the contrast between appliqué and
bricolage in creation of Khayamiya, Pomegranate
focuses on a common pattern within the form, repeating within 8 geometric
The work considers the contrast between weaving and sewing as creative activities: Pomegranate attempts to return the khayamiya to a point of origin, artificially reuniting artifact with raw materials. As most of these craft items are not considered high art, there is often little information to assist in identification – so identity cannot be constructed through provenance. Imagining a point of origin is a representative act; considering migration, diaspora, and cultural detachments that occur when we become disconnected from our histories as people.
I completed animation on this film in 2017, and now that it has had some gallery exhibitions and festival screenings, I have put the video online.
Khayamiya exhibit geometric patterns that seem to be
inspired by nature, not unlike art deco or art nouveau. Some of the motifs present
in khayamiya are commonly associated with other parts of the world, such as the
fleur de lis. Khayamiya begs
interrogation as to the origins of such motifs. In seeking to reunite the form
to the materials, I am attempting to construct a space of creative genesis: the
moment of fabrication. However, a metaphysical reconstruction does not present
real answers. It mimics the desires of the human to return to points of origin
in culture and environment lost in migration. As we evolve as a global society,
details of culture are reduced and lost. Pomegranate
considers this reduction and elision of identity, which may be equally
detested and romanticized as a future-form of ‘culture’.
The Marylka Project documents the fortunate escape of Maria Kamm and her family from Poland during the leadup to the Holocaust. Maria and her family were saved by a transit visa to Japan received from Chihune Sugihara, vice-consul of the Japanese Consulate in Kaunas. The story of Chihune Sugihara and the lives he saved by issuing transit visas is under-reported; and it is estimated that he saved almost 6,000 lives.
The Marylka Project has been fortunate to work with Maria and her younger brother, Marcel Weyland, who travelled via Vladivostok to Tsuruga in Japan, through to Kobe, and then Shanghai; before eventually being resettled in Australia. Their stories are being documented and preserved in order to bring attention to this history. Their stories also assist in piecing together elements of the overall refugee experience in Japan during the Second World War.
The Marylka Project is led by Professor Kenji Kanno of Tokyo University of Science. My role within the project has been to assist with Australia-based research and logistics, English translation, and consultation based on my experience in film production and grant writing.