Just standing on your head waiting for the glue to dry that is sticking a button to your feet. Small figurines becoming playing tokens for a modified version of snakes and ladders that leads the players through a game outlining the stages of heart failure.
The game lies inside the wonder cabinet zinc box of Blood on Silk: Total Artificial heart (TAH). This work, the last in the series of five wonder cabinet works, provides another point of focus on the most elemental force behind the movement of blood and blood products: the beating of the heart. The heart is also one of the transplantable body parts and this junction between blood and body parts, the heart forms a focal point in this work.
Having a difficult but interesting time reworking my work from Cementa_15 where it was located in a site where the intention was very obviously to consider buying and selling anything. The new site is a white cube gallery space where the importance of the economic transactions tend to be hidden with not everything on show as in the first site or at least a pretence that you can’t buy everything you have to be allowed to buy. My problem is inserting the black market or less desirable end of the market into that economic space.
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
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.
The new work Blood on Silk: Tbilisi will be exhibited at the State Silk Museum, Tbilisi Georgia from May 7th until 27th May 2014
აბრეშუმის სახელმწიფო მუზეუმი
State Silk Museum, 6, Tsabadze st., 0112 Tbilisi, Georgia
Hours – 11 a.m. -17 p.m closed Monday
You are invited to the private viewing or opening on May 7th 6 p.m.
This work is responding to the economic, cultural and historic context of the State Silk Museum. The idea of the historic trade in silk and textiles will be overlaid onto the contemporary trading routes in bio products including blood, people and body parts. It questions through the pairing of the seemingly unrelated ideas of blood and silk, the idea of what can be traded, and what is available to be sold.