Ephemeral characters: ice sculptures

Lord, Anne M. (2007) Ephemeral characters: ice sculptures. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

Anne Lord's ice sculptures 'Ephemeral Characters' (2007) were installed in an art and ephemera event titled 'In SITE Out' in Orange Botanical Gardens. 'Arts Out West' organized the event and forum where Lord presented a paper about the instability of the icon and image in art. Arguably this can lead to change of attitude about detritus and ephemera in contemporary society. Further, change in responsibility for our refuse, calls for an acceptance of beauty in the old, worn and decaying object.

Study in this area provided examples of the aesthetic of decay in art and literature. These carry meaning about an ability to maintain the old, an appreciation of the worn object and various diverse cultural philosophies towards maintaining the environment as part of a broader culture. This research investigates artists' concepts integral with change in environment and ecology. My practice-based research in creative visual arts involves writing about the creation of a culture of impermanent art. This art has the ability to act as a potential metaphor in a dialogue about environmental sustainability. It also contributes to breaking tradition with a previous manner of discussion about change in local and regional contexts. The change is ongoing and crosses into multi-disciplinary fields, [Poststructural enquiry]. Art is a philosophical investigation, and it is the enquiring nature of the creative mind that can expose an appropriate practice; one that emerges from a place of non-sustainability to a culture of carefully managed ecology.

Research Statement

Research Background The consistent research approach acknowledging difficulties in the environment and sustainability has developed with respect for ‘eco art’ and ‘land, art’ not to be confused with ‘Land Art’. Lower case ‘land art’ and the literature refers to significant new 'art and ephemera'. Lord's PhD thesis ‘Art and Ephemera’ argues for significant art and that it can disintegrate on site to contribute to dialogue about environmental change. 'In Site Out' (2007) and 'Murray Darling Palimpsest' (2007) facilitated the showcasing of this work.
Research Contribution This research questions the visual arts industry’s status quo to archive work. In doing so the notion of what we consume arises. This work contributed through on site melting. Lord's presentation at In Site Out in Orange promoted 'art and ephemera'. Questions and acknowledgment from the audience increased the capacity for artists, curators, writers and directors to contribute and consider a lighter environmental footprint for visual arts. Use of digital technology assists and consolidates this work.
Research Significance Responses to this work and Lord’s talks about Art and Ephemera (Cairns Q ERA Event and Orange NSW, In Site Out Forum) have provided feedback on the opportunities to take the work further for artists, researchers and students. In addition, Lord's PhD thesis concludes with suggestions for this work as viable and necessary for school children as well as the currently acknowledged area for tertiary art students.
Item ID: 5046
Show/Exhibition: IN SITE OUT
Orange Botanic Gardens Kearney's Drive
28 OCT-18 NOV 2007
Keywords: art exhibition, art, ephemera
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IN SITE OUT, 28 OCT-18 NOV 2007, Orange Botanic Gardens, Kearney's Drive, Orange NSW. This work formed part of my PhD study. I argued against a dominant discourse that maintains the status quo, or a linear hierarchy of high maintenance costs and promoted the opposite, letting go of art objects. For 'art and ephemera' there is, in a humble discourse, a contribution to notions of cycles and rhythmns where there might be no end point but a continuum. This idea is also mirrored in Gay Hawkins (2006) book 'The Ethics of Waste'.

Media of Output: ice sculptures on site
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Funders: Arts OutWest , CENTROC, Orange Botanic Gardens and Orange Regional Gallery, Arts NSW, the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, Orange City Council, Taste Orange, NetWaste, Orange Regional Arts Foundation
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2009 06:14
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 50%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190504 Performance and Installation Art @ 50%
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