Batmania

    • 2015 / Plaster, paint, laser cut steel, garbage bags, line / photographs by Kathy Holowko (and Norbert Csampai)

Batmania is a public art installation of around 200 fruit bats that was originally commission for the Atrium of Federation Square. The exhibition was open 24hrs during April and May, 2015. A sound work by Darius Kedros accompanied the installation and played in the morning and evening each day, marking the bat’s flight in and out of their camp. This project was developed with the Creative Projects team at Federation Square and supported by the City of Melbourne 2015 Arts Grants Program.• BATMANIA made an appearance in an un-used shopfront in Dandenong on July 9, 2015. ‘Nocturnal – Art after Dark’ was an invitation to wander the streets and discover artwork in unexpected locations in Dandenong’s urban spaces. Illuminated by Lighting Designer Rachel Burke …It was moody!

• Batmania was also on show in Albury Library Museum as part of the Writers Festival in September 2015. With keynote speaker Tim Flannery they were in good company. Batmania told a story about the unique wild animal that has been haunted by literary fiction for hundreds of years, and yet has it’s own intriguing ecological story to tell. It challenges the perceptions we have of bats that have been inherited from Gothic tales and horror literature and sought to counterbalance the view of these wild animals as important in a healthy eco system.


Camouflage

  • 2011 / digitally manipulated image, digital print / 2 x 2 meters

This site specific work subtly places the animal within an urban setting. Utilising an alteration in scale, the skin of the snake becomes an object of beauty. Through camouflage the snake becomes part of the human built environment.

  • Exhibited at Bowen Lane, Melbourne CBD

Becoming Animal

  • 2013 / Reclaimed hardwood, cedar, steel, copper screws / Approx 2 x 1.5 x .5 meters / Photography by Devika Bilimoria

The transformation of aesthetic patterns found in the natural world alludes to a bird, a fish, a set of wings – the animal. The symbol reflects on the ancient and contemporary relationship between man and animal. It is a space to contemplate the idea of ‘becoming’, where anthropocentrism yields to sentient beings.

  • exhibited at Montalto Sculpture Show, Red Hill, VIC

Nocturnal pilgrimage

  • 2014 / Digital prints, sculpture, painting / vitrines various sizes up to 1 x2m / Photographs by Frankie Sergi and Mark Wilson

My research into fruit bats was presented as a public exhibition within seven large vitrines built in to the new Dandenong Municple Building. The installations consisted of painting, sculpture and photography for the inaugural Light-box Commission.

  • Dandenong Municiple Building Light-box Commission

A Tale of Romance

  • 2013 / Reclaimed wood, steel, resin / approx 2 x 2 x .5 meters / Studio photographs by Devika Bilimoria

This playful work turns the mimicry of the bird’s mateship dance over to the human visitor. In a world of extreme body imaging it is good to reflect upon the male of the bird kingdom who hold the aesthetic responsibilities… and the extremes they take it to.

The evolution of sexual selection can produce qualities that reduce the ability to escape from predators where aesthetic features make a creature more conspicuous and slower. According to the theory of sexual selection, ornamental features can develop to the point at which the disadvantages of being caught by a predator outweigh the advantages of being selected by a partner. The peacock is a prime example of evolutionary choices of beauty over fear, the tail restricts the ability to fly but is a winner with the ladies. A clear case of form over function. An evolutionary example of love at all costs. A romantic tail/tale.

  • exhibited at Sculpture By The Sea Bondi, nsw / Sold to private collector

Tricky Traps

  • 2011 -2016  / string / size variable – site specific  / Images by Kathy Holowko and Rebecca Rocks

Animals are part of the fabric that makes up the world that we live in. Often it is only the smallest, useful or most adaptable animals that can remain within the urban environment. Spiders are able to inhabit the spaces that are inaccessible and often invisible to us, revealing themselves in the artistry of their webs. Giovanni Aloi asks us, if the uniqueness of art is a human prerogative? The spider may not be inspired by aesthetics or narrative ideas, but creativity is definitly present which is the universal originator of art. Is it only humans that can creatively interpret their environment or is that an anthropocentric view that needs challenging? Finding new perspectives from which to understand life may radically change who we are, where we are going and who we are going there with, for global warming, environmental decay and mass extinction are all clear indices of the wrongness of our approaches.

 

  • Exhibited at The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) – International Sculpture Garden  / Oude Hortus, University Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands  /  Bendigo Conservatory / Sculpture By The Sea, WA / Art Bus, Coalesce ARI / Artplay  /  Video footage shot at ArtPlay by Sarah Walker


Searching for Evidence of the Evolution of Beauty

  • 2010 / reclaimed timber, steel, interior variable / Approx 2 x 2 x 2 metres

This work is an exploration of the momentous change of philosophical outlook that came with Darwin’s, Theory of Evolution.

A fascination for the evocative properties of natural and salvaged art materials was an integral part of the realisation of this work. Each piece of reclaimed wood is unique in its origin, colour and texture, they have all combined to create a surface that casts back a reflection of the history and potential in the detritus of urban life. Characterised by the passage of time, and the effects of natural elements, this material provided its own unique beauty and challenges. The organic form reflects a fascination for the patterning of plant design and animal skin. This work engages the viewer by inviting exploration into its intimate interior.

  • exhibited at Artecycle – Incinerator Arts Complex / Toyota Show, Port Melbourne / RMIT

The Reading Pod

  • 2012 / Steel, book pages, handmade glue, string, found wood / size variable

The Reading Pod is an intimate space to explore and celebrate reading, writing and expression. Visitors to the pod are invited to explore, respond and contribute to it with their own dreamings and reflections. A communication exchange happened within this environment, an exchange of thoughts and ideas between the visitors that grow the artwork. This interactive sculpture plays with the aesthetic appeal of words and images from recycled books. Reading and writing are essentially solo ventures that are shared through this quiet reflective communication vessel.

  • Exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria – International Sculpture Garden / Artplay / Albury Library Museum – Write Around the Murray Festival Artist in Residence / Yarra Sculpture Gallery – Winter Residency