Cementa 15 9th to 12th April in Kandos, NSW, Australia


Cementa is a biennial contemporary arts festival taking place in the post-industrial town of Kandos NSW

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Fiona Davies Blood on Silk: Price taker, price maker, 2015, found objects sound, video, and print, 420 x 220 x 80cm

The manner in which the market works  for a person  producing  and selling their own blood, blood products  or body organs is very similar to that for agricultural production.  In this context price takers are those whose market activities have limited effect  on the market price they receive.

Link to video on the development of this work

Image of work in progress – Artist residency studio courtesy of MAP Hazelbrook

Work in progress Price taker, price maker


Radio Interview on Blood on Silk, Death, Cementa 15 and some of the rest of life’s great questions.

Interviewed by the great Leah Haynes on radio EastideFm  earlyish in the morning of the 23rd March . My interview overlapped with the very fine visual artist Nicole Barakat. Over the years we have worked together and are both in Cementa15  at Kandos, April 9th to 12th.  So a great chance to catch up with what she’s up to as well.



Go to this page and scroll down to the bottom, find the 23rd March  and click to stream the programme.

Blood on Silk: Magenta, 2015, 285 x 285 cm, ribbon, paint and canvas

Looking one way then the other via west via west 2   In this work the codified pattern of eight drops of blood falling from one metre onto a hard surface is further coded into a weaving pattern, using  satin ribbons and solid canvas.  Through variations of the dyed colour magenta and  the reflective properties of the satin weave in the ribbon, the work responds to the position of the viewer relative to the angle of light as a photonic device. In addition the location of the work in the gallery space exposes the sideways view of the work  to the casual passing viewer in the corridor. Magenta as a name for a colour has been linked with war and bloodshed  since the name of the aniline dyestuff Fuchsine was changed in 1859 to magenta to celebrate the French victory at the battle of Magenta in northern Italy.   photo credit; Henry Rust