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What if we used wild birdsong as an indicator of success and status? Instead of asking about jobs or money, we might ask of any process: “yes, but does it produce birdsong?” The currency of birdsong would be seasonal, diverse, and biogeographic; bird habitats would be more important than banks; value would be tied to the ritual of everyday’s dawning and twilight; outside life connected to local places.
About the Process… My passion for the environment underpins all that I create. I am a windfall gatherer, sometimes I call my work slow art, because of the ‘unknown, uncontrollable’ nature in which it emerges.
My Response to ‘The Currency of Birdsong” has evoked a collection called: Nest…. There is beauty in the discarded, order in the chaos, a home in the decaying objects of both man and nature. To cherish a nest, to value and treasure the home of the creators of song is my motivation. For without a home a place to bring new life, there is no future song.
Collecting and making these forms, has brought consciousness to my day, wherever I travelled, I started to observe the tiniest sticks fallen from the trees, butterflies caught in radiators, there was always something to salvedge and repurpose. These nests are a chronicle, they record the fragility of a feather, the strength of a stone. This collection challenges what is valuable? where does the currency lie?
Creating this collection has been a fantastic journey and also opened my world, last sunday I was part of a panel that presented our methodology and process’s of our art practices to a forum as part of the Balance/Unbalance conference.
The week has been jam packed, and another person that I crossed paths with was local Malany artist Rebecca Ward, here is the latest work from her entitled “Fire Stix”, she has researched the early exploration of white people into Australia and their interpretation of how the indigenous population managed the land with fire.
And with the winter weather has come an abundance of dyeing material, the dye pot has been slowly coming back into action, I have been experimenting with eco printing onto paper. Also dug up some fabric I had laid out in the bush to collect composting foliage eco prints, but I think I left that one too long and the only thing I have from that is a couple of metres of rotting silk.