Ephemeral Beings 1

Lord, Anne (2004) Ephemeral Beings 1. [Creative Work]

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Cultural exchanges are based on encounters and through these encounters the exchange of dialogue can lead to discovery, contemplation and an awareness of layered perspectives. Language largely determines our sense of identity, of who we are. When we are in another country our sense of identity can be shaken, we are not who we thought we were when we are out of our familiar home environment, surrounded by family and friends. The exhibition 'Corresponding Latitudes' has developed a foundation on which artistic and cultural associations can be further cultivated between two countries. 'Corresponding Latitudes' ran from 13 December 2004 - 13 January 2005.

Research Statement

Research Background Curators and arts workers have assisted the exchange of exhibitions and residencies across countries significantly in the last 60 years. Melissa Waters, a candidate in the Masters of Creative Arts at JCU Cairns curated the exhibition 'Corresponding Latitudes'. Waters has a background in working with communities from South East Asia and invited 14 artists, eight from India and six from Australia to respond to the curatorial rationale and requested that artists use their experiences as people concerned with place, and working in their respective latitude.
Research Contribution The artists including Lord worked on issues of their own place. Anne Lord responded to issues of environment and devastation in eroded landscapes. Lord used the metaphor of eroded icons from SE Asia such as Buddhist figurines recast in plaster. These and photographic images of icons laid on the gallery floor over plastic with drawings of dry rivers from north west Queensland, and sand from Cairns, represented the melding of these concerns across the two latitudes. The Theme: (Locations: India & Australia lie between 10 and 30 degrees north and south of the equator). The corresponding word definition of latitude is freedom from narrowness, liberality of interpretation and tolerated variety of action or opinion.
Research Significance Communication between the artists and curators developed in 2004 and 2005 for this exhibition and exchange. This included the time of the Tsunami on western coastlines of India. The process incorporated visual and textual responses to social and environmental upheaval. The catalogue was published by KickArts Gallery, Cairns.
Item ID: 19823
Item Type: Creative Work
Media of Output: Digital image printed onto large material laid on floor with plaster figurines
Additional Information:

Corresponding Latitude statement: The rivers and creeks of North West Queensland are primarily dry beds throughout most of the year and they only run with water in the wet season when the Monsoon rains have fallen, perhaps a month or two in the year, but not every year. The Monsoon arrives in Northern Australia after India and in North West Queensland it does not always bring significant rain.

My drawing of the dry creeks and rivers are in broken lines of blue and green. The green could be the trees that line the creeks. The broken blue the water that is intermittent. The substrate of plastic is an obviously synthetic substance and for the drawing this places the rivers in an artificial environment controlled by the artist. The control extends to the viewer through the acts of walking over the precious and unstable lines of rivers. Even though these are drawn with permanent markers, another synthetic material, they will start to disappear over the duration of the exhibition/installation due to pedestrian traffic.

Underneath the plastic are images of the eroded Buddha in different stylised interpretations. These are digital prints taken from images of the Buddha near DaTong in Northern China. The country in this part of China is very dry and threatened by the same environmental hardship faced by India and Australia. The eroded Buddha images should be seen through the plastic but the images are also precious and are protected by a line of earth. This line demarcates where the viewer should stop and not walk.

There is always an interaction between respect for the earth and the spiritual interpretations people give to the elements. The installation Ephemeral Beings of eroded sacred images and dry rivers on plastic is about this interaction and our environment.

Funders: KickArts Cairns
Projects and Grants: Corresponding Latitudes
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2012 04:22
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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