I interrupt the prolonged void of blogging silence with…
So anyone who knows me knows i am a rubbish self publicist when it comes to being an artist. So here it goes, way after the fact;
For the month of August i was invited to participate in a month long residence at St Margaret’s House Edinburgh. Here is the official blurb from the Edinburgh Art Festival site and you can find more on the principal artist Yvonne Buskie’s web site:
STARTING TO SEE THE END
Six collaborating artists, Yvonne Buskie with Guest Artists Christine Devaney (Dancer+Choreographer), Luke Sutherland (Musician) Evy Tjåland, (Visual Artist), Margarita Vazquez Ponte (Multi Media Artist), Nik Paget-Tomlinson (Musician), create an evolving environment influenced by ideas of piety and vandalism. An integration of drawing, sound, performance, projection, and sculptural objects.
Within walking distance of St Margaret’s House is St Triduana’s Chapel. A medieval site with a history of piety and vandalism. These polarised themes become the impetus for new work. The landscape of the exhibition will change moment to moment. Visitors entering the space will essentially witness a performance as the artists create the work in situ. Audiences are invited to participate in this emergent process by offering their own drawn or written response.
Supported by St Margaret’s House and Edinburgh Palette.
Live closing event on Wednesday 23rd August 7-8pm
More content from the show to follow in the next post…yes another post…soon!
So you know how Dec 21 2012 was supposed to be “the end of the world”…
Michelangelo Pistoletto orchestrated a large scale international artwork called Rebirth-day which focused on the date of that 21st December. This date is thought of by many cultures to be the end of the world. Michelangelo wanted instead to make the day a celebration, a kind of a rebirth and optimism for a new and better future. Many people and institutions collaborated with him internationally to make art interventions and events on and around the 21st of December. I was invited to participate and seeing as i was in india then, i wanted to involve the orphanage where i was working as it is a place for second chances, a kind of a “re-birth” for the children whose lives are turned around by going there. In this sense it seemed to me to already exist as a symbol of the philosophy that surrounds Rebirth-day. On the 21st December we had a small exhibition at the Butterfly Hill orphanage to celebrate Rebirth-day and mark the end of 2 months of art labs for the students of Care and Share’s schools.
Also, I wanted a Muggu (hindu welcome drawing – see previous post) made specially to welcome in Rebirth-day so I asked Mounika Gandikota, a local village girl and one of my most brilliant students whom i have taught for three years now, and who along with her mother and sister make these beautiful drawings nightly, to make these 2 Muggus for this occasion.