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’.