EXHIBITION | Transient Lapses by Fiona Martin
Fiona Martin makes work using the mediums of video, soundscape, performance and installation. Her work, fecundated by historic and modern feminist thought, investigates consciousness, rights to leisure and self-actualisation, and the frisson of liminal space as a realm of fundamental growth and learning.
VIDEO WORKS: please click on image to see video
This work is a response to the video artwork Ascension by Bill Viola. My Hand Ascends is a repudiation of the patriarchal gender imbalance regarding who has leisure and space to dream. It is a reminder about the global reliance on the free labour of women to take on drudgery, in order to clear space for men to dream, philosophize and create. I decided to elevate (ascend) my hand on behalf of all women and their hard-working hands.
I am ‘channeling’ my deceased brother and his idiosyncratic dancing style. I am shifting from my consciousness in the present to a ‘shared’ consciousness of questionable authenticity, albeit meaningful.
This piece works on the functioning brain and its capacity to respond to suggestion. The loose narrative requests an interpretation by the viewer, gleaned from the disparate words.
This work explores time, and succinctly lays out the lifecycle of dexterity and the bell-curve of strength.
My sound works present consciousness shifts and physical in-between zones as realms of discovery. These liminal spaces may resolve questions, bring comfort or allow an imagining of alternatives. The authenticity or not of the acts and imaginings, fade in importance compared with the recalibrating and didactic potential of residing in these zones.
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