Monday, August 31, 2009

Magic Garden

This photo: Max Fleet, Bundaberg Newsmail

I just installed this exhibition at the Bundaberg Regional Arts Gallery. I had the nicest week there and everyone at the gallery was so helpful and just darn lovely! It's also one of the coolest spaces I've exhibited (a converted 1920's bank vault, hence the name).

The difficult thing about installation is that you can have an idea of what you want it to look like but until it's in the gallery, well, that's when you really know. I was so happy with how this turned out, I feel like it really transformed the space into a very embedded part of my imagination. I got to relive my childhood fantasies where it's often in the most simple places that there is overwhelming joy and fulfillment. As a child there wasn't too much ready-made entertainment and so a lot of time was spent playing outdoors (like so many of us). So the garden became the centre of amusement and the most magical place where a child's imagination could create the greatest fictitious characters and stories. The garden was also a place where I loved to plant vegetables and watch them grow, and I remember feeling an enormous pride in doing what seems now, such an uncomplicated thing.

It's such a hard installation to capture in photos but worth a visit if you're up Bundy way. The last photo was taken by a very nice photographer for the Bundaberg newspaper.

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