Original Creative Work
School of Arts and Humanities / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications
Background: This digital print responds to the implications of interdependence in the word ‘nurture’ through a visual motif and narrative fragment. This is further reflected in the methodology: a collaborative work (McKenzie and Pilla) created within the context of a practice-led research project (Artists at the Helm) that investigates the significance of Helms Forest Block by illustrating the interactions and tensions of different systems of place-value. ‘Nurture’ was produced in a limited edition of 10 digital prints of which 5 were sold as a result of exhibition.
Contribution: The research responded to the imminent logging of Helms Forest Block near Jalbarragup. ‘Nurture’ is one outcome in a suite of artistic research activities including site visits, workshops, process documentation and statements in the media (Donnybrook-Bridgetown Mail January 8 2015). As part of my contribution to the group exhibition I performed at the opening and donated all money raised to Jamarri Black Cockatoo Sanctuary. ‘Nurture’ is part of a growing body of research that responds to particular places, sharing thematic interests in ecology and Indigenous world views, and offering personal reflections on the places and their meanings. It also builds on my work as a teaching scholar in the unit CCI1103 Region and Culture.
Significance: The work was shown at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (BRAG) in February 2015 and builds on its previous activist exhibitions Transplanting Disobedience and Bimblebox. BRAG houses the City of Bunbury Art Collection that includes many of Australia’s most prominent artists, includes over eight hundred pieces and is worth in excess of two million dollars. The exhibition is documented in BRAG’s past exhibitions website and on a dedicated blog. The work is documented in an exhibition catalogue that sold widely.