My latest art installation project over New Year was a temple installation for an outdoor festival called Wild Yam. The “Wild Temple of Yam” was inspired by the temples of Burning Man, and built as a tribute to my father, who passed away last year. The temple concept was to recreate the original temple – Stonehenge – in a quirky form as Doorhenge.
The temple space works on the principle of radical inclusion. It is designed to be a non-denominational, open and inclusive place to honour, remember, reflect, grieve, meditate, pray and be peaceful. The temple guardians, each of which represent a different persona or social archetype, are non-racial interspecies. During the festival, the temple was used as a space for remembrance, meditation, reflection and spirituality. People were invited to write or paint on the doors, leave an offering or prayer or whatever felt right to them, or simply sit in the space.
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Write a wish, a message of hope or a blessing for the world for the coming year. If you don’t want to write, draw, paint, rip, fold or imprint your intention in any way you like. Tie it to the tree. Let’s fill the tree with love, appreciation and good vibes.
Wild Yam, December 2014
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A collection of reclaimed business cards, repurposed into inspiration cards.
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Created during Shona Wilson‘s “Collaborations with Nature” ephemeral land art workshop at Eramboo, Terrey Hills, 2014
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Found art assemblage pieces created at the Yurt Farm on school camp with Kinma 2014, in response to the landscape and the environment.
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Inspired by the idea of totems as being a representation of a community and its cultural roots, “Totem” is an interactive work that requires the participation of the community the totem is being created in, in order to be completed.
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“Memory quilt” explores the notion of the quilt as both time capsule and custodian of cultural history, tradition and story in a specific time and place, community or family.
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In 2013, I co-organised and created a pop-up group exhibition, “Ordinary (extra)ordinary” with Johanna Bodewes, exploring the storytelling possibilities of iphoneography with 10 women, some of whom were artists and some of whom had never thought of themselves as artists.
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In 2011, I spent a term creating art with the kids at Kinma, in collaboration with other arty parents. The aim was to work with the children to develop a range of saleable art pieces for the annual school fundraising event.
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Crazy paper books for journalling. All hand made from recycled and scrap papers, and found objects.
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