Tracking Memory – Canoe Sheets #1 – 5

Daphne Molony

Serial Space

Ongoing Exhibition, Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th April, 2010

‘Tracking Memory – Canoe Sheets #1 – 5’

Dimensions: 45 x 50 x 245

Materials: Muslin, ochre, volcanic soil, ash, banksia pods

The ‘Canoe Sheets’ are part of the series ‘Tracking Memory’ masters project based in the Tomaree National Park, Port Stephens, New South Wales in 2006. These works are of an ephemeral nature and were made with the same dimensions of the canoes of the Worimi people. Over the period of two years, I placed five sheets of canvas and over two hundred sheets of muslin into different places within the park that successfully recorded their evolution or deterioration, collected stains and residue over time. The absence of my interference created a significant shift in my practice. My powerlessness to control the outcome of the work was an important part of their evolvement.

The purpose of the project was an exploration into the possibility of a work of art as signifier of Place or Space via memory, becoming a reflection or residue of the landscape or the body’s direct response to landscape through the oscillation of marks and colours that formed naturally across the surfaces, becoming in themselves a kind of memory or trace of the cycles of nature. My experiments with works on muslin are, in part an unconscious exploration of movement of the body in space with an investigation of the physicality of the work and its organic nature. I set out to make a body of work that would draw attention to the actual surface of landscape and to create a sense of movement through it.

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