2012 Gosford Residency - final shop/studio days

Kath Fries, Gosford CBD studio space, 29 June 2012
Nature is stealthily creeping back in to the abandoned consumer domains and derelict spaces in the Gosford CBD. Quietly, subtly and subversively weeds and insects are reclaiming space and territory. Amongst the apparently uninhabited human structures, life forms continue to grow, incubate and survive. Much that interests me and inspires my practice involves our human relationships with nature and aversion to things that are naturally difficult for us to control. Often these natural occurrences are overlooked; common and everyday, or too discrete to notice. But when re-examined and re-interpreted in a different context, they can offer insights and narratives that expand beyond our superficial assumptions and usual dismissive attitudes.
Kath Fries, Gosford CBD studio space, 29 June 2012
A colony of Saunder’s Case Moths have taken up residence on the outside walls of the deserted Gosford Town Centre building. These fascinating little creatures and their intricate chrysalises have promoted me to explore incubation and germination in this series of site-responsive sculptures and installations. 
Kath Fries, Sander's Case Moth Chrysalis - found object, 2012
Kath Fries, Chrysalises, 2012, branches and stockings, dimensions variable
Kath Fries, Chrysalis, 2012, (detail view), branches and stockings
On the ground, weeds have similarly been quick to take over and occupy seemingly insignificant, neglected patches of dirt. Their prolific seeds spread almost invisibly on the wind and rain, as well as on clothes and shoes - unbeknownst to their oblivious human traffickers. Although weeds and insects have relatively short lifespans, their existence leaves a trace and contribution to nature’s continuous cycles of adjustment and regeneration.
Kath Fries, Gosford CBD studio space, 29 June 2012
Humans also leave traces of their movements and a sense of history in the patterns and remnants of their ordinary everyday activities. The textures of the old shop floor (which became our ten day studio space) fascinated me with their unspoken stories of footfalls, construction and revamping. I used charcoal and graphite to create rubbings (frottage) of concrete swirling patterns revealed beneath peeling layers of paint.
The 2012 Gosford CBD Artists-in-residency studio space
I would like to thank the three talented, friendly and generous artists Wendy Abel CampbellKylie Rose McLean and Janet Meaneywith whom I shared the artists-in-residence project and shop/studio space. Working in a "goldfish bowl" under florescent lights was not only made endurable but also enjoyable because of your company. Thanks also to Sarah Samild and Tim Braham from the Gosford Regional Gallery - your flexibility and enthusiasm for our projects was refreshing and encouraging. Additionally to the Imperial Shopping Centre for the studio space and people of the Gosford local community who visited us and contributed to our projects.

 Alicia McCumstie, It's a shop full of creativity in Gosford,
Express Advocate, 24 June, pg 50

The Gosford Artists Residency is organised by Gosford Regional Gallery and the Imperial Arcade. Artists: Wendy Abel CampbellKath FriesKylie Rose McLean and Janet MeaneyOur resulting work will be exhibited at Gosford Regional Gallery from 21 July to 16 September  2012 www.gosfordregionalgallery.com