Absence - an installation and catalogue of work

Lord, Anne Mary (AM) (2004) Absence - an installation and catalogue of work. [Creative Work]

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The solo exhibition/installation 'Absence' created a link with environment and art as well as spirituality and environmental health. It covered the front space of Umbrella Contemporary Arts with a major floor installation, wall pieces and a performance of ephemeral work.

Research Statement

Research Background The installation Absence links environmental and social conditions across China and Australia, incorporating global and regional effects. Artist’s residencies of three months in Beijing and Shanghai contributed significant data. Art work was developed over twelve months, during residencies in China and later in Australia.
Research Contribution Data collection sought cultural similarities and differences for environmental situations in each country, aligned with the way people in diverse cultures mourn the absence of a family member. Absence linked metaphorically with the environment so that erosion and drought could be equated with loss. Digital images of erosion and culturally significant icons combine with traditional Chinese calligraphy brush and ink: familiar materials for the researcher to visually interpret global issues. Dialogue about environmental and cultural occurrences led to visual interpretation of drought and loss. Interpretation of common threats to society was extended and distributed through the exhibition catalogue.
Research Significance Absence used the largest exhibition space at Umbrella and contributed new ways to present material: an ice sculpture installed on the tropical opening night dissolved quickly and bought attention to loss. Similarly the gallery floor totally covered in plastic with drawings of dry rivers mapped out in felt pens bought attention to the similar problems of drought in China and Australia. Challenges to audience interpretation of loss could be witnessed in responses to art covering walking areas. Scott Cummings reviewed Absence for Eyeline magazine extending the impact through the artist ~ writer interpretation of the installation.
Item ID: 11003
Item Type: Creative Work
Media of Output: Exhibition and catalogue
Event Details: Absence
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville, QLD
19 November - 12 December 2004
Keywords: Visual art, Contemporary art, Installation, Environmental art
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Multi-media forms, digital imagery, are juxtaposed with traditional processes from China and Australia, montype on fine Asian papers and ink drawing. The installation incorporates earth and plastic on floor. The 'performative object' an ice Buddha.

Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2010 03:22
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%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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