Where to bury your head? - Cynthia Schwertsik
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Where to bury your head?

About This Project

artist statment:

Central to my practice is creating site-specific work responding to the built and physical environment. Drawing, performative interventions, the moving image and foremost collaboration is my basic methodology. To deconstruct functionality and feature the absurd, I play with everyday items and situations; humour and simplicity are my tools.

In Where to bury your head? I invited Renate Nisi to participate in acts of reverence contemplating the natural world. Through the inversion, we become part of the surrounding rhythm of plants. A text excerpt from this work reads:

During a lunch break, Sky leaves the office with her colleague to walk around the block. It is time for a deep breath of fresh air and to connect with the outdoor world. Sky knows she has to put her head down and change perspective in the middle of the day. She calls it: connecting to reality. After that, she returns to the flat screen of binary code.

Peri-Urban Progress reflects on a journey through Adelaide’s periphery. Walking on two chairs is my choice of unsustainable transport. This work is a precursor to UTE-ilitarian, a response to the Post-object and documentation art collection held at Flinders University Art Museum. For this piece Aleks Danko’s artist book: The chair is not a tourist (1975) was my inspiration. Through the video work UTE-ilitarian I contemplate the societal convenience both of the chair as well as the space we claim for transport.

The aesthetic qualities of the work are inextricably connected with the natural world; here “works of nature” employ “non-artistic artefacts”—chairs—positioned in ways that enable us to “see” nature differently and to reassess our position within it.

William Peterson, Flinders University

Double Check III is my diary of performative drawings and video capturing everyday domestic chores as they fold around my art practice.

Performance Art, Public Art, Visual Art