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West Projections Festival 2019
West Projections is an intimate place-based community projection festival. Exploring places big and small you can encounter projections in various settings from tiny boxes to shop front windows.
The theme for 2019 was Home.
The work Feral Kettle was projected in the window of a homewares store.
From West Projections:
Light is home!
The kettle could be seen as the hub of a home. Even travelling, a kettle provides the comforts of home.
This work was based on videos of the modern, transparent LED-lit kettle that was the hub of the kitchen in my home far away from home, an artist residency in Finland, in 2018. Strangely, it was not the forests, lakes and 24 hour blue skies that captivated me at first. Instead, I was compelled by this lively see-through kettle in action. I made videos of its lights,and the visible bubbling water, in all stages of transition and surface tension. These became source material for my playful studio residency projects, and my exploration with new software that was my focus while in Finland.
The amped up, dare I say, electric, colours might relate to much of this city life, where many are at home, but far from their first home.
I’m preoccupied by ideas around light-based phenomena. I’m curious about the relationship of light to altered states of consciousness, sensations of boundarylessness and infinity, and whether representation of things elusive and ephemeral can be a metaphor for experiences of transcendence. Digital media and projections are themselves like the slippery nature of mind. I am interested in experiences of awe and wonder, questioning who we are, and the nature of ‘reality’. Home could be seen as an inner state of mind, present wherever we are. Some speculate light might form the base of this, which intrigues me.