A Cloud of Bags

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photo: Louise Lavarack and Briele Hansen

photo: Louise Lavarack and Briele Hansen

photo: Louise Lavarack and Briele Hansen

10.08.2002

2002 (in collaboration with Briele Hansen)

Plastic shopping bags, painted steel, nylon VB cord, plastic and brass fittings, video projection

Dimensions variable (support frame 4 x 6 metres)

Hundreds of recycled plastic shopping bags form a pixellated image of a cloud in a blue sky. Each bag metaphorically reiterates the drops of moisture that form a cloud. The bags respond to the changing strength and direction of the wind – they undulate and rustle in lighter breezes, dance and crackle in stronger gusts. The image seems to be alive as the bags inflate and deflate, re-enacting the behaviour of clouds expanding or evaporating.

At nightfall the mass of bags becomes a billowing screen for a video projection of clouds speeding across the sky. The work plays the poetic against the prosaic and blurs representation with reality. The viewer perceives the natural world through the devices of a more artificial mediated world.

Commissioner: City of Melbourne Environmental Commissions
 
Exhibited: Melbourne City Square, August 2002
Collection: The artists
 

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