Greer Taylor - inversion - Openfield Contemporary Art Festival - Berry 2023
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This work was placed near the David Berry Memorial in The Berry Memorial park as part of the OpenField Arts Festival in 2023. It was an opportunity to address our relationship with the story held within the David Berry memorial which permeates all our lives. By using a non-colour for the threading of this work it is calling for a draining of the colour of that old story. Can we allow ourselves to sit in ‘the space between stories’ (Charles Eisenstein) rather than rush into quick fixes that often lead to unexpected negative consequences (plastics, herbicides, artificial fertilisers, cane toads, pharmaceuticals).

The work offers within it a round mirror facing the sky. It asks can we find a place in ourselves where we are able to reflect and interact the world like this mirror? You can never see yourself in the mirror unless you force yourself into the work, but you can see others and the environment around you. Can you be the ‘still point in a turning world’ (TS Elliot) from which you can observe and consider what is possible from a different paradigm?

While the work was installed I spent time speaking with visitors about the story the work carried which lead to numerous deep and interesting conversations. The bilby ears are to remind me and those around me that we are mortal animals and we have the capacity to sense in ways far beyond what we do in our domesticated lives (and yes those are tears on my glasses).

I would like to thank:

  • OpenField for providing this opportunity
  • my husband for helping with the long install
  • to each visitor who I spoke with
  • thank you Jarred Underwood for the image of me with bilby ears and long skirt, with my work.

OpenField Art Festival 2023 took place on 21—23 June 2023

paint on steel and aluminium, silicon thread, stainless steel, acrylic mirror, 220 x 280 x 280 cm, 2023

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