the saga of the two tire/tyre rings

If you’d like the opportunity to choose the outcome of the tale of the rings (in typing that I just realised I’ve made a mmp ‘choose your own adventure’ game!) please get in touch. You can comment below, reply by email – or go to my instagram and click on the relevant poll toggles in my stories.

The questions are:

  • to enamel or not to enamel – the ring wants to know
  • should there be 2 rings (should I replace the fabled Seattle ring, aka, ring no.1?)

And the Bilk Brooch Show invite I hyped up in my last post is next, I promise!

The Neck – Craft ACT

Hiya team. Apologies for that last cryptic post – with bonus secret password window – on the main blog stream. I feel like a right fool but now the url is attached to an application I can’t change it until adjudication finishes. If it’s any consolation most of the content was taken from last year’s Everything Must Go, with images taken from yet another post to bulk it out.

And to placate my own ego let me mention that I had managed to add an entire new section to the Works/CV page a little while ago without anyone noticing 😉 That was in lieu of smartening up my website (I’ve given up promising a date for that; soon, just soon) for another application. In that case I was not successful (asking a mining company for funds to protest another mining company was probably seen more as trolling than as a unique artistic concept) but at least the work I did is useful longer-term as an introduction to my current practice.

If you’re new around these parts why not check it out.

And in other news, a recent Craft ACT emailer used my image to promote The Neck, a show I have a work in at the moment. I’ll post their text in full below. I’ll soon be in another show just outside Canberra, thanks to Bilk. More news on that soon.

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resilience, 2016. flattened firearm, steel chain. melissa cameron.

The Neck //

Buy the works / Catalogue / Video tourArtist biographies + statements / EssayPhoto gallery

Vivien Atkinson | Roseanne Bartley | Macarena Bernal | Vernon Bowden | Zoe Brand | Melissa Cameron | Anna Davern |  Pennie Jagiello | Cara Johnson | Bridget Kennedy | Claire McArdle | Melinda Young

Curator Bridget Kennedy 

The neck, often seen as a sensual part of the body, a site of vulnerability, is also a site of strength, supporting the heavy head, a conduit to our heart and lungs, providing life giving oxygen to our bodies, and nourishment through the ingestion of food. At a time when our planet and humanity seems to be suffocating on many fronts, strangled by powerful, self serving ‘leaders’, Bridget Kennedy invites selected artists to explore the neck as a vehicle for political, social, and environmental critique.

Vivien Atkinson is represented by Avid Gallery, Wellington. Melissa Cameron is represented by Bilk Gallery, Canberra.

Juukan Caves Anniversary / Virtual Indigenous Film Fest 2021

Yesterday marks 1 year since the destruction of the Juukan Shelters, a traditional site of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinnikura (PKKP) peoples located in the Pilbara area in the northwest of Western Australia.

If you’ve been following this blog for the last few months you’ll know that I have made the facts of that event; the amount of time that the PKKP peoples had accessed and used the shelters – 46,000 years; the number of holes drilled into the shelters before the PKKP peoples were told of its impending blast – 382; and the reason they were destroyed – for more iron ore; into a large installation made from predominantly recycled steel.

I remember that the shock of finding out about this destruction was all the more galling because it came at the beginning of last year’s Reconciliation Week. This time last year, during the Indigenous Film Festival, I stayed on to see several Q+A’s for just-screened films. I watched as multiple hosts had to engage not only with the content of the films that they were charged with speaking about (generally involving weighty cross-cultural issues themselves), but also the Juukan destruction, as it filtered through the collective consciousness in the week following its detonation. The shock and sadness was all-pervading, and so it made its way into many of the question and answer sessions during the festival.

Watching it unfold in the media against this backdrop was heart-sinking, as here was a fresh way that government and corporate interests in Australia had failed our First Nations community. At the time it was a particularly unwanted extra burden, following as it did a bushfire season that had threatened and then razed so much of the east coast, and during a lockdown for a pandemic that many feared would be particularly serious for First Nations communities here, as many face poorer health outcomes than the general population.

It was immediately protested, and it would become an important fuel for us masked marchers at the Black Lives Matter rallies held here in Perth over last winter. And for me. It was and remains an important fuel for my practice, too.

And having mentioned the Indigenous Film Festival:

[text below from the IFF newsletter of this morning]

There is only 3 days left to secure your spot at the Virtual Indigenous Film Festival for Reconciliation Week 2021! Celebrating a collection of award-winning Indigenous stories, followed by Q&As with special guest speakers including film makers, community leaders and cultural academics. Join us in celebration this Reconciliation Week from 27th-31st May for a week of inspiring stories and inclusive, actionable discussion. 

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements. This year’s theme, #MoreThanAWord reminds us to always be working towards braver and more impactful action so take that action and join this years Virtual Indigenous Film Festival.

Grab an All Access Pass for 50% off all 6 films OR if you are interested in just one film, grab an individual ticket!

fanforcetv.com

and just quietly, I have to acknowledge my financial supporter for the Juukan Tears project:

Thanks to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in Western Australia for their financial support of this project

The Neck / / Craft ACT

I’m in The Neck, a group show in Canberra, thanks to Bridget Kennedy of the eponymous Project Space in Sydney. It was meant to be last year, timed to coincide with the JMGA conference. In fact, it looks as though this whole programme was. Go see it if you can; there’s a lot of talent (and my friends!) in this room.

text below courtesy Craft ACT

You’re invited // Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre warmly invites you to join us for the opening of:

Making: A Way of Life
Alison Jackson and Dan Lorrimer

Small Connections
Danielle Barrie, Daria Fox, Emma Cuppleditch, Erin Daniell, Gretal Ferguson, Kath Inglis, Katherine Grocott, Polly Dymond, Sarra Tzijan and Zoe Grigoris

Body Layer; Semblance and Self
Zoe Brand, Roseanne Bartley, Liesbet Bussche, Jing He, Cara Johnson, Lauren Kalman, Matt Lambert, Claire McArdle, Kristina Neumann, Tiffany Parbs and Halie Rubenis. Curator: Simon Cottrell

and

The Neck
Vivien Atkinson, Roseanne Bartley, Macarena Bernal, Vernon Bowden, Zoe Brand, Melissa Cameron, Anna Davern, Pennie Jagiello, Cara Johnson, Bridget Kennedy, Claire McArdle and Melinda Young. Curator: Bridget Kennedy

To be opened by: Tara Cheyne MLA, ACT Minister for the Arts, with guest speaker Oliver Smith, respected silversmith and senior lecturer at University of Sydney

Opening –
Thursday 27 May. Exhibitions will continue until 17 July.

Craft ACT’s gallery, exhibitions and shop are open five days a week.
Tuesday-Friday from 10am-5pm
+
Saturday 12pm-4pm
Level 1 North Building 180 London Circuit Canberra ACT 2601

If you are in the area, look out for the artist talk too:

Friday 28 May, 12-12.45pm
at Craft ACT gallery
Free, bookings essential

thank you for watching – Juukan Tears update

sometimes me and the livestream camera got REALLY close

sigh

It has been bittersweet, winding down this project over the last week. I finished making and tearing off decals last Tuesday the 11th of May, after a mammoth effort by Susannah who had started the stripping the previous Friday while I prepped the support board for eventually hanging the work. Then the Friday just gone saw us lay the completed wall hanging out on the floor to photograph it on a black background. Today we reversed the hanging and repeated the process with the chains, to photograph the 4600 teardrops. We were really proud, they laid out so nicely and photographed well, better than expected.

Now that we have a great selection of photos to edit and hand over to the IOTA:21 organising committee, all that is left to do is to package and prepare the pieces – the wall hanging and the 46 chains – for transportation to the gallery. But that’s not happening till August.

Until then they will be quietly keeping me company in the studio.

Thank you for doing same, I really appreciated having you there. It’s going to be pretty quiet without you. I hope to be able to do it again soon, and I hope you’ll be able to join in once more.

In the mean time, stay in touch.

xx m

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Makers’ Film Festival

I have two short films about recent work in this festival. I know, what am I like?!? Lets hope they get played back-to-back so we can really compare how I aged over the 20 months between their filming…

And yes, my tickets are booked! Come along!

(Teaser and text below courtesy the amazing Maker&Smith website)

An impressive program of 24 short films to pump your beating heart for craft.

A new short film festival all about craft and making, presented by Maker&Smith.

This new collection of films focuses on how we employ the dexterity of our hands to create functional objects, art and to tell the stories of our lives.

Premiere

Sunday 23 May 2021, 3.30-6.30pm
Midland Junction Arts Centre
$35pp

The selection of films encompasses a broad range of craft, design and making disciplines presented in mini documentaries, story-led artist profiles to ingenious animations and music video.

Selected from near and far, the films spotlight the everyday habits and skills of ‘makers and smiths’, they reveal what drives enduring professional practice, and illustrate a diversity in film-making creativity as much as the traditional and contemporary craft approaches.

Disciplines and techniques include:
Basketry, Ceramic Art + Pottery, Costume Design + Making, Fibre Art, Glassmaking, Jewellery + Metalsmithing, Pearl Carving, Puppet Making, Screen + Block Printing, Sound Design + Making, Stop Motion Animation, Textiles, Weaving, and Zoetropes.

Screened in two sessions with an interval, the whole program lasts three hours.

Tickets include interval refreshments.

BOOK your tickets NOW. (unreserved seating)

Minnawarra Art Awards

With all the lockdown and limited-capacity art openings I totally forgot to mention (because I couldn’t go see it launched) that I’m in the Minnawarra Art Awards in Armadale! Shout out to my City of Armadale dwelling and working familiars! (Y’all know who you are.)

The winners have all been announced already – and it’s a who’s who of WA talent, my I assure you, with the incredible Abdul-Rahman Abdullah taking out top honours with a beautiful piece and Rohin Kickett winning the Aboriginal artist award. Check the link, there were more well-earned gongs awarded by the judges.

And check the show, if you can (obviously WA residents only, you’ll not get through quarantine in time from most other places) and if you’re heading over this Wednesday morning, look out for me!

Sunday, 9 May 2021 to Monday, 24 May 2021 – 11am to 4pm

Armadale District Hall
90 Jull Street
Armadale, WA 6112

Today’s Q + A

For your delectation and delight, I present the live stream feed from today, conveniently queued up to the start of our q + a chat! We chatted, we answered questions, we got off topic (prompted by a comment, though) and I ranted, just a little.

As you would guess there’s 1 hr 24 mins of me grinding and making before this point, and after we’re done – there’s about an hour of talking – we get back to same, gradually finishing this piece. In that one hour we’re talking about the process, the reasons why we’re streaming at all, the changes to the studio between streams and how we plan to get this work out of this place and into the gallery, making this a good addition to the original Q + A we did in February (also below, so you can fully appreciate our changing hair styles.)

As you can note even in the screen grabs you see now, the major differences are 1/ the size of the work on the left hand size of the room, and 2/ the fact that today we were masked while talking. It’s not ideal, so I am sorry about that, but we were on schedule to have masks off indoors on when I planned this chat. Owing to a new COVID-19 case, that region-wide directive changed late Saturday afternoon. We got off ok, really, the football had to be played without a live audience so we were just foloowing the same rules, and are obviously just as popular 😉

Thanks for checking in, or at least enjoying the screen grabs, and I’ll be back in touch soon when I finish this piece. Very soon!

xx m

Live stream q + a soon!

Juukan Tears – wip, 2021

Today! 3 May 10:30 am Perth time or in your zone at:
Auckland – 2:30 pm
New York – 10:30 pm*
Sydney -12:30 pm
Calgary – 8:30 pm*
Los Angeles – 7:30 pm*
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I’ll be chatting about my work in a live q+a on my YouTube channel*at this live link*
It will remain available to re-stream indefinitely.
Email your queries now, or pop them in the live-chat window as we go.

*Sunday 2nd May