LOCATION: Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery 404-408 Argent St, Broken Hill
TITLE: Air Today, Gone Tomorrow
ART FORM: Mobile of recovered objects and mixed media
MEDIUM: Wood, metal, glass, stone, organic matter
SIZE/DIMENSIONS: 60cm x 60cm x 60cm
DESCRIPTION: “Air Today, Gone Tomorrow” attempts to highlight the rapidly depleting quality of the air we breathe, not just in all major cities, but more generally across the entire planet, and as a consequence, mortality rates are increasing exponentially every year. Broken Hill is no exception, and must deal with the legacy of highly toxic, air-borne pollution from heavy metals. This precious resource of air, like certain other resources such as water and earth, are essential to maintain life on earth, yet are being increasingly squandered in the name of private profit and short term economic gain. The starting point of “Air Today, Gone Tomorrow” is the circle, symbol of perfection: the circle is the air bubble, a molecule, a nurturing sphere, the earth. This sculptural mobile captures the moment of the bursting bubble, representative of the shattering of the illusion, the realisation of the damage done, its consequences, and the need for a change in human activities; the circular motion suggests orbit and revolution, a reminder of the atmosphere and the fragile balance that keeps us alive, hanging by a thread. Originally trained in performance arts and live theatre, I spent close to 20 years studying and living in Paris, working in theatres and theatre troops, and exploring representation both in performance and thought and through the use of objects, textures and relief (dimension) On returning to Australia, I taught language and culture at Sydney and Monash Universities, and studied philosophy and linguistics in a continued fascination of the motivation and inspiration behind human expression, representation and interpretation, coupled with a fascination for the contradictory notions of reality and illusion.