Amongst the furious balance, I've let the blog here go a little quiet. But I've hit the mid-year break - so here's a brief update:
This year I've been working towards gaining my Master of Contemporary Art Practice at the ANU School of Art and Design. My practice-led research is based on the precarious nature and embodied experience of anxiety expressed through textile processes. In natural/rust dyeing, collaging, text-based embroidering and installation, this textile artwork is part of an ongoing undertaking that articulates the processes I perform to mitigate anxiety.
One of the driving forces behind my process is the observer effect - a phenomenon captured in physics. Within this effect, it has been noted that simply observing a situation or phenomenon may fundamentally change it. Based on this theory and my own observations, I realised that by taking deliberate stock of my anxious manifestations through recording, mapping, making and reflection, they seem to abate for a time. Therefore, in making a large-scale series with a direct connection to my own anxious patterns, I hope to therapeutically alter the precarious nature of personal anxious experiences through observation, process, wonder and distraction.