This link will take you to my work on the Resilience in times of adversity website. Curated by Vivienne Dadour the exhibition is at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and runs until the 29th September.
online at http://www.fionadavies.com.au
videos of the performative lecture will be online by the end of this week
This exhibition and program of performative lectures enter their last few days . Cast a Cold Eye on Life, on Death: The Remake – Medicalised Death in ICU finishes on Saturday 18th May at 4 p.m.
Until then the exhibition is open 11-5 and performative lectures are programmed for 1 pm on Thursday, 11 am and 2 pm on Friday the 17th with the last performative lecture of this series being on Saturday at 2 pm. This last lecture will be followed by a poetic performance given by Bhupen Thakker titled DEATH …( of fear). Then we’ll raise a glass to celebrate.
Book a free ticket to attend one of the performative lectures at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-remake-medicalised-death-in-icu-performative-lecture-tickets-59253831806
Cast a Cold Eye on Life, On Death: The Remake – Medicalised Death in ICU at SCA Galleries in Sydney College of the Arts, Kirkbride Way, Rozelle Sydney Australia
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.
This is the last of the five wonder cabinet works in this series on blood, blood products and body parts. This final work links two aspects, the movement of blood and blood products within the body and the heart that ensures that circulation. The heart is one of the transplantable body organs. In many of the current prototypes under development for replacement hearts, the mechanism sits outside the body and in appearance reflects medicalised design aesthetics. In this work the beautiful double headed flask used in the chemical laboratory sits outside the zinc box of the work while inside a modified game of snakes and ladders is played as we try to make sense of the progress of disease.
Work in Progress – Blood on Silk: Total Artificial Heart (TAH).
First image of a work looking more closely at blood farming. I’m trying to capture the liminal space occupied by the loneliness of the those abandoned by the system and by others. She looks a little too much like she is wearing a uniform at the moment. Thinking of painting a pattern of small flowers along the hem of her dress.