Paris Residency 2019
Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, September-October 2019, through the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Cité Internationale des Arts was established in 1965 and is an artist residency, with two spaces, located in Paris, France.
The residency will provide me with a unique opportunity to disconnect from my commitments in Australia and immerse myself in the arts context of Paris. As an artist and tapestry weaver I want to visit museums/galleries/collections and respond in the studio. These experiences will allow me to deeply engage with traditional and contemporary art and tapestry and my specific research/practice interests.
As a basis for research and development of new works I will explore The French Natural History Museum, Gallery of Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, housing the largest public display of invertebrate fossils. This will allow me to source visual material to use in new drawing, collage and tapestry. My intension is not to reproduce what I see but to use the collection as a starting point to highlight the intangibility of the distant past and our relationship with it so that we can understand our place in time, location and space. This work builds on my previous “Floating Fossils” series of drawings, collage, stitch and tapestry, stemming from work at the Age of Fishes Museum, Canowindra, NSW. It will allow me to accelerate my practice through focussed application to research and studio work.