Alexandra Litaker

Your Blue Mountain, September 2014

My artistic research practice is one of reading as writing and writing as reading. I examine the structure of a novel and translate the structure into another medium in order to experience the dialogue in this space between the two works. Reading is both meaning-making and mapping, and it implicitly involves an investigation into the interrelationship of identity and ecology. I am especially interested in the ways in which autobiography is a practice of reading, remembering, reconstructing. I move out from the space of the place of a novel…involving the body in relation to the witnessed /read work. I enact translating the novel into my own autobiographical work as a means of understanding what motivates me and others to create. The individual identity is in flux in relation to a social and natural ecology. One is in a space encountered and denied­ a self existing in this space between the read novel and the written. What are these places­ the self in this place and the self not in this place. My work investigates nomadic shifting self and the forms it inhabits.

Mary O’Neill

Et in Arcadia Ego

Returned to nature the magical quality of the creatures is recovered. The figurines transform the familiar grasses, shrubs and flowers into an exotic landscape and tell happy stories of love and belonging. In their previous existence the inhabitants of this paradise – the young lovers, the deer, the blue bird – were living creatures, cherished by the people who had looked after them, woven them into the webs of their loves and memories. For those who could not see them as natives of paradise, they were inanimate objects that were not even beautiful. Instead they were crude examples of romantic kitsch representing a debased aesthetic. It is only when through an act of tenderness they are re-introduced to their natural habitat that even those for whom they do not have associations of memory can appreciated their uncanny beauty and their capacity to express the profound sense of loss embodied in all narratives of paradise.

This presentation will take the form of a photo essay with accompanying text.