It was so lovely to visit Tim and Lynn Winters Lineage opening at the Peisley Street Gallery in Orange on the way home. It is an exhibition of the works of artists in four families of partners and siblings and across generations.
Post the Ironbark Residency, I play with photoshop to see if the series of photos I took in the hall without a tripod could be stacked and straightened up in some way and I finish off this part of my blog.
I am questioned by my cousin, Kiata - thinking about my family ancestry in these parts, did it influence my work? I think so. It influenced my thoughts of this place and my responses to it, thinking about past presence and my presence here. I was really influenced by the now – by spending this time with my fellow residency peer Therese and of all the interactions and conversations with the locals, whilst thinking of the past. In being open to influence in this residency, I played with ideas that surprised me. I am not sure that I could have ever envisaged setting up site specific work with a plastic sheet.
Coming back from this residency has also prompted me to head to my bookshelf to pick up a book I bought a while ago. I am now reading Stephen Gapps, Gudyarra, The first Wiradyuri War of Resistance - The Bathurst War 1822-1824. I see on the map that the Binyup people of the Wiradjuri nation lived in the region.
I think of the elements interacting whilst I was there, of the mouse that nibbled my banana, of the water spewing forth unexpectedly from the wall tap and piddling to dry in the shower, of the fridge door opening and not just once, of the fan expunging its blades, of my autocorrected notes of hidden to forbidden, of the radio grey noise of the middle of the night, and of the plastic sheet breath and dance throughout this place.
I am so thankful to all at the STAA who have been so responsive with their care of this place and us here. I am enlivened to keep working on the projects that I have started there. With just five nights there it went like the blink of the eye. I am enthused to head back there.
The Ironbark Arts Residency Program is co-produced by Orana Arts Inc and the STAA.