Movements & Creation
Movements & Creation was an experimental performance collaboration between visual artist Danielle McCarthy and Musician Brighid Mantelli.
On a stage, lit by three spotlights Danielle attempted to capture her own shadows in motion. The drawing progressed across the wall to connect with that shadow cast by Bridget. Brighid played an original flute composition that was amplified, looped and experimental in nature.
The work combined earth and air, chalk and breath, music and drawing to engage with life’s momentums and the elaboration of ‘difference’ through repetitive gestures, actions and materiality. Central to this performance was the elaboration of events between the past and the present and in anticipation of A future to come, seeking to reach in both directions. Reaching outward even as it reaches backwards into memory, setting forth in a direction without a destination. This work is an exploration of constant change and creative evolution.
When a clock ticks our concept of time is shaped and when we move through a building, from room to room we conceptualise space. Linear movements and containment dominate the way in which space and time are understood. But, what if this was not the case? What if there were multiple temporalities existing simultaneously and if space both expanded and contracted within a moment.
Entanglement seeks to explore this realm through robustly painted surfaces and the rich depth of black mirrors and reflective surfaces. In this respect the paintings oscillate between the solidity of a painting and the transience of reflection. Central to this installation are paintings of the female body in various states of entanglement. Like scenes from a Greek vase the body is a void, a non presence, its consistency is defined only by its edge. And yet, in this instance our vision is inverted as we view the vase from within.
A live performance of an original composition, Trust: a work in three movements, by Brighid Mantelli in collaboration with Danielle McCarthy will be performed during the opening night.
Between Bodies, 2011
VCA Masters Exhibition
The cultural construction of the body differs greatly from our intimate experience with and within it. Artwork Title focuses on the female body, as it oscillates between the cultural construction of ‘the nude’ and its opposing ‘natural’ state. This paradigm is primarily concerned with the roles of object and viewer, and how these perspectives might activate or pacify the female body as subject. In questioning these roles, Between Bodies engages with the politics of engendered ‘looking’, blurring the line between the beautiful and grotesque to explore an uncomfortable realm where the public and abject bodies meet.