Artwork title: This Foraged Thread

I pay my respects to the Dharawal and Wiradjuri lands on which this work was filmed. Focused on the concept of cycles and our interconnected existence, I came across song lyrics from a few months back created by my brother and I. The lyrics originated from my late father’s type-written novel from the 1980s, from which words were taken out of context. It is his passing that brought me to a stronger, intertwined connection with nature and the world around me; I felt as though I had come full circle with an idea for a film. I was ignited to re-create sentences from the novel, out-of-context, in film form. Unfortunately, I soon found out that the novel had been burned and the lyrics were all that remained. Upon reflection, I realise that this was the catalyst for my process becoming more introspective; what was I trying to create here, and why? Taking red fabric to various locations led me to using this practice as an organic exploration of my understanding of cycles, memories, death and living, creating a symbiotic relationship between being guided by the physical practice and controlling the final narrative. Special thanks to Daniel Kraichuk, Irina Kraichuk and Artyom Lusin. 

With a fascination for people and the mind for as long as I can remember, my drive for creating comes from the desire to explore the complexities and wonders of human nature and experience, emphasise the raw beauty of human to human connections, and explore the cyclical and at times volatile nature of life.

Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.