As one of three finalists in the 2010 Japan Foundation's Facenate Emerging Artist Grant Program, in September I'll be exhibiting Grove, a multimedia installation playing with notions of internal and external spaces, bringing the outside within. Exploring possibilities of locating magical possibilities within what may at first appear to be ordinary and common; chicken feathers, mirrors and bamboo. The work suggests a sense of timelessness and reflection conjured by memories of moonlight.
My point of departure for this installation is the oldest surviving Japanese work of fiction, the 10th Century fairytale ‘Tale of the Bamboo Cutter’, drawing on universal human experiences of time, aging, attachment and loss.
Grove, 8 - 30 September 2010
The Japan Foundation Gallery
Level 1, Chifley Plaza, Sydney
Facetnate! is a grant program designed to support emerging visual artists whose work is strongly influenced by Japan by assisting three finalists to present solo exhibitions at the Japan Foundation Galley Sydney.
Kath Fries, installation view, 2008, bamboo, feathers, DVD projection, mirrors and charcoal on walls