Fish out of Water

The Fish out of Water project is half way through. I have been releasing fish every solstice, equinox and cross quarter since the Summer Solstice, December 21, 2013. With the Winter Solstice I am at the half way point. It has been a wonderful experience. An intimate project which is released into a different environment every six weeks. The environments are places that are important to me and it is an extraordinary feeling each time I leave a fish and walk away. I leave them for people to find – well I hope that they find them and treasure them. It takes me quite a long time to paint them and I hope that it brings joy and excitement to the people who discover them. Engaging with the solstices, equinoxes and cross quarters is my way of connecting with the yearly cycles of nature. I venture out to different locations, walk and connect with the weather, the earth and then the release.

Painted fish awaiting release!!

Painted fish awaiting release!!

 

Winter Solstice, June 21, 2014. Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Winter Solstice, June 21, 2014. Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

 

Samhain, April 30, 2014. Maribrynong River, Moonee Ponds

Samhain, April 30, 2014. Maribrynong River, Moonee Ponds

 

Autumn Equinox, March 22, 2014. Women's Walk, Elwood Canals.

Autumn Equinox, March 22, 2014. Women’s Walk, Elwood Canals.

 

Lammas, February 1, 2014. Old Exhibition Buildings, Carlton.

Lammas, February 1, 2014. Old Exhibition Buildings, Carlton.

 

Summer Solstice, December 21, 2013. Elwood Beach.

Summer Solstice, December 21, 2013. Elwood Beach.

 

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Alpha Sound

Alpha Sound is the third project in a series of three works that began with Chasing the Disappeared, Mother Tongue and now the final part is Alpha Sound.

In the third project Alpha Sound I have made a new alphabet based on the Australian native orchid forms that I have been using in my work. The new symbolic alphabet will run along the length of one wall. On the opposite wall I will visually represent the sound wave that is made by speaking each letter. At each letter there will be motion detector that will trigger as the viewer walks past and you will hear the corresponding letter. If there are several people in the room each person will trigger a different letter simultaneously.

The beginnings - drawing up my alphabet using the petal of a spider orchid. To get an idea of scale I laid the drawings out on the floor of the ADFA Building in Mildura (the week before installing Mother Tongue).

The beginnings – drawing up my alphabet using the petal of a spider orchid. To get an idea of scale I laid the drawings out on the floor of the ADFA Building in Mildura (the week before installing Mother Tongue).

 

I initially thought that the drawing would be 76h x 56w cm but when I thought about the sensors and that each one would be triggered by a person walking past them. I realised that each drawing would need to correspond to the human scale - each drawing then became 120h x 80w cm. Stocking up on pastels to make this work!!

I initially thought that the drawing would be 76h x 56w cm but when I thought about the sensors and that each one would be triggered by a person walking past them. I realised that each drawing would need to correspond to the human scale – each drawing then became 120h x 80w cm. Stocking up on pastels to make this work!!

 

Working out the blue background with the William Morris pattern in the background. In the foreground working out the colours for the letters. Most of the letters are in an orange/yellow with j, k, w, x and y in an orange/red.

Working out the blue background with the William Morris pattern in the background. In the foreground the colours for the letters. Most of the letters are in an orange/yellow with j, k, w, x and y in an orange/red. 

Work in progress in the studio.

Work in progress in the studio 

 

Work in progress, with the orange/red K - top left and the orange/red J - middle front.

Work in progress, with the orange/red K – top left and the orange/red J – middle front.

 

Half way through the drawings and now that I have an understanding of the scale and colour, I meet with Rob Klarich, and we start discussing the sound component. I know how I want the sound to work and we can now begin this research. And at the same time I begin the second half of the drawings which are the sound waves.

Half way through the drawings and now that I have an understanding of the scale and colour, I meet with Rob Klarich, and we start discussing the sound component. I know how I want the sound to work and we can now begin this research. And at the same time I begin the second half of the drawings which are the sound waves.

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quietNOISE at Chapman and Bailey

quietNOISE is a group exhibition which I curated for Chapman and Bailey. The exhibition showcases the work of five contemporary Melbourne artist and the opening coincides with International Women’s Day. Sara Lindsay, Dawn Csutoros, Caroline Philips, Corinna Berndt and Filomena Coppola. quietNOISE opens Friday 7th March at 5.30pm. The exhibition is current from Friday 14th February to Saturday 15th March, 2014.

Installation View of quietNOISE, on the left Sara Lindsay, Cargo: china tea cinnamon ticking, mixed media - cinnamon, silk, rayon, cotton, wool, paper, 11 parts - overall approx 120 x 320 cm, 2009

Installation View of quietNOISE, on the left Sara Lindsay, Cargo: china tea cinnamon ticking, mixed media – cinnamon, silk, rayon, cotton, wool, paper, 11 parts – overall approx 120 x 320 cm, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation View quietNOISE on the right Dawn Csutoros. Numinous #10, pigment, ink on handmade paper, 145 x 75cm, 2012, Numinous #6, pigment, ink on handmade paper, 145 x 75cm, 2012, Numinous #4, pigment, ink on handmade paper, 145 x 75cm, 2012

Installation View of quietNOISE, on the right Dawn Csutoros, Numinous #10, pigment, ink on handmade paper, 145 x 75cm, 2012, Numinous #6, pigment, ink on handmade paper, 145 x 75cm, 2012, Numinous #4, pigment, ink on handmade paper, 145 x 75cm, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation View of quietNOISE, on the right Caroline Phillips, Lug, rubber octopus straps, chenille stems, 198 x 33 x 12 cm, 2013. Equilibrium, rubber octopus strap, wire, plastic and rubber, 145 x 45 x 10 cm, 2013. Untitled, recycled rubber, cotton elastic, 25 x 15 x 10 cm, 2013. Skulk, recycled leather, synthetic tie-down strap, 95 x 15 x 12 cm, 2013. Suspension No.2, rubber octopus straps, recycled rubber, Length 530 cm, dimensions variable, 2013. Suspension No.3, rubber octopus straps, recycled rubber, 25 x 16 x 5 cm, 2014.

Installation View of quietNOISE, on the right Caroline Phillips, Lug, rubber octopus straps, chenille stems, 198 x 33 x 12 cm, 2013. Equilibrium, rubber octopus strap, wire, plastic and rubber, 145 x 45 x 10 cm, 2013. Untitled, recycled rubber, cotton elastic, 25 x 15 x 10 cm, 2013. Skulk, recycled leather, synthetic tie-down strap, 95 x 15 x 12 cm, 2013. Suspension No.2, rubber octopus straps, recycled rubber, Length 530 cm, dimensions variable, 2013. Suspension No.3, rubber octopus straps, recycled rubber, 25 x 16 x 5 cm, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation View of quietNOISE, on the left Filomena Coppola, Fish out of Water – Lammas, February 1, Royal Exhibition Building, 2014, photographic documentation. Fish out of Water – whitecubemildura, 2012, gouache, river pebbles and glass dome. Fish out of Water – Summer Solstice, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013, photographic documentation. Fish out of Water, 2014, gouache and river pebbles.

Installation View of quietNOISE, on the left Filomena Coppola, Fish out of Water – Lammas, February 1, Royal Exhibition Building, 2014, photographic documentation. Fish out of Water – whitecubemildura, 2012, gouache, river pebbles and glass dome. Fish out of Water – Summer Solstice, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013, photographic documentation. Fish out of Water, 2014, gouache and river pebbles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation View of quietNOISE, on the right Corinna Berndt, Lorelei, 2 channel video installation, iPads, Spray Paint, MDF, 6.35 min, 2014

Installation View of quietNOISE, on the right Corinna Berndt, Lorelei, 2 channel video installation, iPads, Spray Paint, MDF, 6.35 min, 2014

 

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February – it’s a big month

Works on Paper Fair, Science Museum London

This is a huge month of exhibitions, the first sees my drawings being shown in London by Celia Lendis Galleries at the London Works on Paper Fair. February 5 – 9 at the Science Museum.  It is a very exciting opportunity. Follow the link to see more at Celia Lendis Galleries.

 

SUPERGRAPH, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

You can also see some of my drawing in the Super Picks section of Supergraph, Australia’s Contemporary Graphic Art Fair which is held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne on the 14th, 15th and 16th of February, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

quietNOISE at Chapman and Bailey, 350 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

quietNOISE is an exhibition that I have curated for Chapman and Bailey. The exhibition features the work of Dawn Csutoros, Sara Linsday, Caroline Philliips, Corinna Berndt and Filomena Coppola. The exhibition is current Friday 14th February to Saturday 15th March, 2014. The opening event is on Friday 7th March at 5.30pm. I will be exhibiting my Fish out of Water project for the first time. This image represents the second fish release of my second fish on Lammas, 1st February 2014 at the front of the Royal Exhibition Buil

 

Museo Italiano Exhibition and Talk – Melbourne Social Equity Institute Pop Up Event.

I will be exhibiting at the Museo Italiano in Carlton with Kate Just and Laurene Dietrich on Thursday 27th February. This part of the event has been curated by Caroline Phillips.  I will also be presenting a talk about my three projects, Chasing the Disappeared, Mother Tongue and Alpha Sound at the Museo Italiano at 199 Faraday Street Carlton. Exhibition dates and talk time will be confirmed shortly. Updates will be made on my Facebook Page.

Palimpsest #9 curator, Helen Vivian viewing the work at the old ADFA building in Deakin Avenue, Mildura

Palimpsest #9 curator, Helen Vivian viewing the work at the old ADFA building in Deakin Avenue, Mildura

 

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Fish out of Water

Fish out of Water is an exciting new intervention project. This work is a development from a work that I originally made for whitecubemildura in 2012, I have extended the project and created a different context for the work. Small river pebbles are painted with a sardine and will be released into different environments. The first was released on Summer Solstice, December 21, 2013 at Elwood Beach. Released at the edge of the breaking waves and then left behind to be either swallowed by the sea or picked up by a beach comber. Stay tuned to my Facebook page for my next release!!

Fish out of Water, 2012 whitecubemildura. Top view of work in a small cube gallery measuring 30 x 30 x 30 cm.

Fish out of Water, 2012 whitecubemildura. Top view of work in a small cube gallery measuring 30 x 30 x 30 cm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fish out of Water, Summer Solstice Intervention, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013.

Fish out of Water, Summer Solstice Intervention, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fish out of Water, Summer Solstice Intervention, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013.

Fish out of Water, Summer Solstice Intervention, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fish out of Water, Summer Solstice Intervention, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013.

Fish out of Water, Summer Solstice Intervention, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fish out of Water, Summer Solstice Intervention, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013.

Fish out of Water, Summer Solstice Intervention, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fish out of Water, Summer Solstice Intervention, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013.

Fish out of Water, Summer Solstice Intervention, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fish out of Water, Summer Solstice Intervention, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013.

Fish out of Water, Summer Solstice Intervention, Elwood Beach, December 21, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wonder Room Exhibition at Maroondah Art Gallery

Wonder Room

Renaissance Europe first saw the emergence of the Cabinet of Curiosities, also known as a  Wunderkammer, or Wonder Room. Somewhat eccentric forerunners to museums, the more picaresque of these eclectic private collections showcased mismatched natural history specimens combined with those of a more unnatural, frankly fabricated nature, including purportedly mythical creatures.

Drawing equally from this facet of the Wonder Room and their accumulated personal mythologies, “unnatural history” artists, Rona Green, Deborah Klein, Filomena Coppola, Heather Shimmen and Paul Compton unveil a disparate collection of exotic, enigmatic and feisty sub-species that defy classification.

Wonder Room, Installation View. Rona Green, Paul Compton, Heather Shimmen, Deborah Klein and Filomena Coppola

Wonder Room, Installation View. Rona Green, Paul Compton, Heather Shimmen, Deborah Klein and Filomena Coppola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonder Room, Installation View. Rona Green, Paul Compton, Heather Shimmen, Deborah Klein and Filomena Coppola

Wonder Room, Installation View. Rona Green, Paul Compton, Heather Shimmen, Deborah Klein and Filomena Coppola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wallflower - A Cabinet of Curiosity, Pastel on paper, overall dimension 290h x 690w cm, 2012-13

Wallflower – A Cabinet of Curiosity, Pastel on paper, overall dimension 290h x 690w cm, 2012-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Detail) 10th specimen of 24 from Wallflower - A Cabinet of Curiosity, 40h x 40w cm, 2012-13

(Detail) 10th specimen of 24 from Wallflower – A Cabinet of Curiosity, 40h x 40w cm, 2012-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Detail) 15th specimen of 24 from Wallflower - A Cabinet of Curiosity, 50h x 50w cm, 2012-13

(Detail) 15th specimen of 24 from Wallflower – A Cabinet of Curiosity, 50h x 50w cm, 2012-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Detail) 21st specimen of 24 from Wallflower - A Cabinet of Curiosity, 60h x 50w cm, 2012-13

(Detail) 21st specimen of 24 from Wallflower – A Cabinet of Curiosity, 60h x 50w cm, 2012-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mother Tongue – Mildura Palimpsest #9

Mildura Palimpsest #9 was a fantastic event curated by Helen Vivian. The event included over 40 artist, many venues and three international curators presenting as part of the symposium. Following are some images of the unveiling of Mother Tongue as part of the opening of Palimpsest #9 and also the first viewing of this work by the participants. A huge thank you to the many people who shared their voices in the alphabet sound piece, and their faces and stories in the video work. And also a huge thank you to Robert Klarich who worked with me on the sound and video.

Mother Tongue  2013 Pastel on paper, overall dimension 345h x 615w cm, 20 drawings, each titled after one of the 20 regions of Italy.  Alphabet sound-scape, recorded and edited by Robert Klarich and Filomena Coppola. Documentary video, shot and edited by Robert Klarich and Filomena Coppola (the documentary video is available separately as a limited edition work).

Mother Tongue 2013 Pastel on paper, overall dimension 345h x 615w cm, 20 drawings, each titled after one of the 20 regions of Italy. Alphabet sound-scape, recorded and edited by Robert Klarich and Filomena Coppola. Documentary video, shot and edited by Robert Klarich and Filomena Coppola (the documentary video is available separately as a limited edition work).

 

Palimpsest #9 curator, Helen Vivian viewing the work at the old ADFA building in Deakin Avenue, Mildura

Palimpsest #9 curator, Helen Vivian viewing the work at the old ADFA building in Deakin Avenue, Mildura

 

 

Opening night and there was a huge and supportive turn out by the Italian community and many of the participants who were involved in the sound and video components of the work.

Opening night and there was a huge and supportive turn out by the Italian community and many of the participants who were involved in the sound and video components of the work.

Viewing the video work. Many of the participants were there to view the work and to hear each other's stories.

Viewing the video work. Many of the participants were there to view the work and to hear each other’s stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to the following participants who shared their stories in the video: Mario Carfora, Benito Colaiacovo, Leonardo Coppola, Pellegrina Coppola, Ilario Crisera, Maria D’Orazio, Loreto Marozzi, Dora Mastrippolito, Rosario Lia, Aurora Littore, Nicolina Paolucci and Silvia Ralli

Thank you to the following participants from the first, second and third generations of Italian immigration whose voices are recorded in the sound component: Mario Carfora, Anna Cirillo, Benito Colaiacovo, Leonardo Coppola, Pellegrina Coppola, Ilario Crisera, Maria D’Orazio, Loreto Marozzi, Dora Mastrippolito, Michele Pagano, Rosario Lia, Aurora Littore, Nicolina Paolucci, Silvia Ralli, Charlie D’Aloisio, Donata Carrazza, Vince Cirillo, Filomena Coppola, Maria Dimasi, Larry Fuda, Teresa Lia, Nick Mazza, Cathy Monteleone, Frank Panetta, Elisa Plany, Olivia Cirillo, Kiarna Coppola, Michael Coppola, Dante DeRosa, Luca Mammone, Massimo Mammone, Emmelia Mazza, Anthony Monteleone, Sienna Plany and Sofia Plany

Acknowledgements: The artist would like to thank all the participants who generously gave their time, voices and stories. Thank you to all the supporters of this project who acknowledged the importance of documenting a small part of this migration story, Irymple Bocce Club, Tasco Inland petroleum, Arts Mildura, Mildura Palimpsest #9. And especially to Robert Klarich and his family for hours above and beyond.

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional and remote Australia, administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.

The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional and remote Australia, administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.

 

 

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Wonder Room Exhibition Opening

Wonder Room Invite

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Mother Tongue Exhibition Invitation

Microsoft Word - Mother Tongue Web Invite.docx

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A day in Adelaide

So much to do in one day in Adelaide starting the morning at the Botanical Gardens, a lovely coffee and then a walk to the Ginko Gate by Hossein and Angela Valemanesh.

So much to do in one day in Adelaide starting the morning at the Botanical Gardens, a lovely coffee and then a walk to the Ginko Gate by Hossein and Angela Valemanesh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little explore in the conservatory and the beautiful glass roof.

A little explore in the conservatory and the beautiful glass roof.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then the patterened tiles on the floor.

And then the patterened tiles on the floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outside the Adelaide Zoo, Lisa Roet’s Chimpanzee Finger.

Outside the Adelaide Zoo, Lisa Roet’s Chimpanzee Finger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then a short drive to North Terrace to the Art Gallery of South Australia for a walk through the William Morris room. This was followed by a beautiful viewing of the Bill Viola work – love his video work!!

Then a short drive to North Terrace to the Art Gallery of South Australia for a walk through the William Morris room. This was followed by a beautiful viewing of the Bill Viola work – love his video work!!

 

 

And to end the day, I have always wanted to see this prize and the finalists – The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the South Australian Museum.

And to end the day, I have always wanted to see this prize and the finalists – The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the South Australian Museum.

 

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