During December 2011 and January 2012 a multi-paned installation was presented on the windows of Davies’ studio at Culture at Work in Pyrmont.
The circles of stained rice paper were arranged and labelled to reference standard laboratory practice, recording results, recording the past, and recording history. The circles are also beautiful and reward individual attention. The frame of the cut circle focuses attentino on the stain within the circle and how that stain interacts with the edge of the circle. the apparently randomly located manilla cardboard labels hang on string drawing attentino to indiviual circles within the incomplete grid.
Blood on Silk is a three year cross disciplinary collaboration between Dr Peter Domachuk, ARC Postdoctoral fellow, School of Physics, University of Sydney, Dr Lee Anne Hall, UTS, a writer, cultural theorist and arts management academic and a visual artist, Fiona Davies.
Fragments of the three site specific installations, Memorial / Double Pump Laplace I, II and III will be exhibited at Culture at Work from 17th to 29th April 2012 titled Blood on Silk: Preliminary.
At this point, midway through the three year Blood on Silk project, an opportunity has been realised to re-examine the installations that formed the preliminary concept of the project. These site specific works were a response to the ten and a half months that the artist’s father spent in hospital before dying in late 2001. For four and half months of that time he was in intensive care at R.P.A. and smaller amounts of time in high dependency at Fairfield Hospital.
One of major issues considered in the works is the domestication of the daily rituals of intensive care including the taking blood samples. Marian Benjamin in the 2006 catalogue acommpanying Memorial / Double Pump Laplace I wrote of that work. “Once you know your way around you no longer need to read the signs, they are just there, part of everyday life, habitual. And there is comfort in habit……… Death too is unremarkable. We all die. It is an experience of which we are all aware. And yet our experiecne of death, of loss, of grief is far form unremarkable.”
More images and information on the three installations are on www.fionadavies.com.au