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Holy moly, where did that month go?

Well, at this end I’ve been working on new pieces for the scaled up Connexions Exhibition, that will have it’s official opening in Perth as a satellite event of IOTA21 on the 30th of September. Mark your diaries for that, and leave the evening of Tuesday the 21st free if you are interested in hearing from myself and my esteemed colleague Sarah Elson (Sarah and me go way back, she first featured on this blog in 2010) in our presentations for the re-calibrated online JMGA conference, Value Chains.

Quite the digressions, it has been a while.

What I came here to say, as indicated in the title, is that we’re coming up on moving day for the Juukan Tears work. It’s scheduled for pickup Friday the 6th of August from 8:30am AWST.

In a stroke of good luck (am I even brave enough to say it out loud? Touching lots of wood right now, y’all) the current forecast is for sun. For those of you not keeping up with the West Australian winter, Perth has broken several records in the rainfall department over July. I have been found complaining to some of my Seattle friends about the quantity of grey days and the unusual brine-y smell that seems adopted from that other WA – Washington State, that is.

OK, back to the task at hand. The work that was the subject of over 4 months of footage on the Melissa Cameron YouTube channel, Juukan Tears, is going to be prepped for relocation, after I complete a couple of important tasks. Thus the channel will be operating with new live footage for a few days next week as the work’s production goes into encore mode!

Not to spoil all the action, but I haven’t yet signed the work and there’s some welding to do to the letter forms now that the best fixing method has been arrived upon. There’s a bit of testing, a bit of wrapping and some more random chatting before we literally send the work off the 1st floor balcony next Friday.

Of course I’m getting the whole gang back together for that event – Susannah Kings-Lynne will be in the house, along wth Bruce, he of occasional cameo fame (mostly in on tech-related matters), alongside our other cameo artist Mir Ng, of short-filming fame.

At this stage I will start at 10:00am AWST on Monday, and I’ll finish up when I’m done wrapping. In other zones that’s at:
Auckland – 2:00 pm
New York – 10:00 pm*
Sydney -12:00 pm
Calgary – 8:00 pm*
Seattle – 7:00 pm*
/ / / *Sunday, the 1st if August

YouTube channel


From Monday until I finish the wrapping I’ll be happy to chat if you have any queries, and it will remain available to re-stream indefinitely.

The Friday event will be, as mentioned, from 8:30am AWST, or:

Auckland –12:30 pm
New York – 8:30 pm*
Sydney -10:30 pm
Calgary – 6:30 pm*
Seattle – 5:30 pm*

Catch you next week!

*Thursday, the 5th of August

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IOTA21

The Indian Ocean Triennial Australia 2021 is coming! I must’ve mentioned it a bit, in passing at least, as my new work Juukan Tears will debut as a part of the festival when it opens in September.

But what is it?

Well, it’s a presentation of new works from a curated selection of artists from all over the Indian Ocean region. To show these works the Indian Ocean Triennial Australia curatorial team has collaborated with two major WA galleries; the Fremantle Arts Centre and the John Curtin Gallery.

And it’s also a huge series of satellite events (which includes the Aussie debut of the Connexions exhibition), and a massive opening weekend and a conference.

Shall we cut to an audio-visual for all-round better explanation?

IOTA21 Artist & Program Launch from IOTA21 on Vimeo.

BTW, if you’re missing my dulcet tones in your ear, stay at least until 45 seconds in, and if you want those sonorous tones (big irony here team, I’m even more high-pitched than usual, shall we say I was attempting to be heard over the waves..?) accompanied by my visage – and hands – (I’m talking with them of course!) stick with it for at least 1 minute!

still from the IOTA21 launch film – my don’t those jewels look familiar?
(lets not even mention the shoes!)

To stay up-to-date with the artists involved and the timetable of events you gotta see the IOTA21 website. And start making your plans to see world-class art all around Perth in September.

New work at JCG – Bentley

titanium double-quatrefoil hook earrings
point-line stainless and enamelled studs
titanium quatrefoil studs

After being back home in WA for well over two years, I am proud to finally have a local Perth stockist! Find a broad selection of my work, including the earrings above and many more, at the store in the John Curtin Gallery on the main Curtin University campus.

JCG – John Curtin Gallery
Building 200A
Curtin University
Kent Street
Bentley, Western Australia 6102
Phone +61 8 9266 4155
Email gallery@curtin.edu.au

Public opening hours
During exhibitions only
:
Monday to Friday: 12 – 5pm
Sunday 12 – 4pm

Thanks to all the gallery staff for their support, and I look forward to sending more fun things your way in the coming months as we lead up to the IOTA21 launch in September.

Speaking of which, I don’t think I’ve shared the IOTA21 launch film yet. Whoops! Next up, the IOTA launch film with cameos from some of your favourite craft Perthlings. (And if you only know one craftizen in Perth, there chance of seeing her is very high!)

Bilk: The Perfect Brooch

back of Powder Case I – 2011

Opening weekend on the Saturday 3-4 July 2021 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Aurélie Guillaume, Bin Dixon-Ward, Brenda Ridgewell, Carlier Makigawa, Claire McArdle, Cinnamon Lee, Chris Bahng, Daniel DiCaprio, David Walker, Eugenie Keefer Bell, Fumiki Taguchi, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Johannes Kuhnen, Julie Blyfield, Kath Inglis, Larah Nott, Marian Hosking, Mio Kuhnen, Melissa Cameron, Nicholas Bastin, Sean O’Connell, Su san Cohn, Takashi Kojima, Taweesak Molsawat and Vicki Mason.

What, for a jeweller, would constitute the perfect brooch? Gallery Bilk has invited twenty-five contemporary jewellers from around the world to respond to this question and they have risen to the challenge in a myriad of surprising and enchanting ways that will be showcased in The Perfect Brooch exhibition, which opens at Gallery Bilk on Saturday 3 July.

Conceptual adventures, technical skill, new directions and the exploration of jewellery’s capacity to express sentimental connections all find a place in the show.  Amongst the many works to be seen, the exhibition will feature a romantic brooch showcasing a single diamond and a secret only visible to its wearer; a complex enamelled jewel that pays homage to the ephemeral treasures we collect in our everyday lives; a bouquet of plants that tell the story of the relationship between the maker and her late partner and a brooch that features a dazzling collection of semi-precious stones balanced precariously in a bravura exercise of technical skill. In an innovative collaboration that provides an encapsulation of the exhibition’s proposition, two artists will deploy artificial intelligence technology to synthesise images of all the works in the exhibition to create an ultimate “perfect brooch”. ​

Gallery Hours: The exhibition will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 am to 5.00 pm or by appointment until the Saturday 7 August 2021.

Bilk Gallery – 403 Captians Flat Road Carwoola – (02) 6232 9411

text from Bilk Gallery

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)