Work in Progress: Time of Death – Series Three

Working on a Time of Death series is a recurring event in my practice. First occurring in 2010 they circle around to be remade every two to three years. A video work will accompany these still images from Series Three and be overlaid with the sound track of the reading of a fairy-tale Once Upon a Time, Long Ago and Far Away: Pulling the Plug.

A video work made earlier this year as part of the fairy-tale reading series can be seen on my Vimeo channel. That work is titled, Once Upon a Time, Long Ago and Far Away: Being Moved from One Place to Another https://vimeo.com/355286468

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Site 1 of my work Woven Architecture at the State Silk Museum in Tbilisi Georgia.

The work traces the marks on a bedside medical monitor showing the changes in the heartbeat, oxygenation and blood pressure of a patient whose abdominal aortic aneurysm has ruptured.

Fiona Davies, Woven Architecture – Site 1, 2019, Ribbon,thread and tape.
Dimensions variable. As installed in The State Silk Museum, Tbilisi Georgia
Photo credit Alex Gooding

Works in progress still messing around before becoming playing tokens.

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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.

Invitation to the opening of the exhibition ‘Cast a Cold Eye on Life, on Death: The Remake – Medicalised Death in ICU.’

Opening Thursday 9 May, 6-8 pm and running until 18th May 2019 at the Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Kirkbride Way off Park Drive, Lilyfield, Sydney Australia.  Hours Mon to Fri 11 am – 5 p.m.  Sat 11 – 4 p.m.

This is my PhD examination exhibition, the culmination of four years of practice-led research into medicalised death in ICU. There are a series of installations, object-based works, performances and interactive works.

Warning: The exhibition and the performative lecture contain images, sounds and activities that deal with death, dying, hospitals, violence, blood and body parts for transplantation.

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Free Tickets now available for the Performative Lecture – The Remake: Medicalised Death in ICU.

Dates – May 10th to 18th, 2019. The artist, Fiona Davies, will undertake a series of performative lectures within the exhibition Cast a Cold Eye on Life on Death: The Remake Medicalised Death in ICU. This is Davies’s examination exhibition, the culmination of four years of practice-led research into medicalised death in ICU. There are a series of installations, object-based works, performances and interactive works. In each performative lecture Davies will lead a small group of viewers through these works, involve them in activites and if they wish encourage them to particiapte in conversations about medicalised death.
Warning: The exhibition and the performative lecture contain images, sounds and activities that deal with death, dying, hospitals, violence, blood and body parts for transplantation.

Click here to choose a date and get your free ticket.

New Work – Blood on Silk: Total Artificial Heart (TAH)

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.

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Work in Progress – Blood on Silk: Total Artificial Heart (TAH).

Work in progress – Blood on Silk: Blood Farming/ The Producers

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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.