|Suzanne Davey The Unfurling 10m x 3m x 2m, recycled clothing, resin, steel|
The Unfurling is a large scale site responsive installation of suspended body 'voids' created from recyled clothing and resin, harnessing wind and light. The work was exhibited as part of the North Sydney Art Prize 2015 at the Coal Loader Waverton. The site is located on the shores of Sydney harbour and examines the coast as a place of sanctuary.
The Unfurling is a response to the debate surrounding vulnerable populations arriving on Australian shores and beyond, and the human costs. Individual rights and national interests are given precedence over collective human rights. Tragedy grips people dreaming of sanctuary but who are subjects to forces beyond their control through war, politics and discrimination.
Clothing is utilised as a social and cultural signifier of identity, memory and psychological ties with others. The clothes become traces of the bodies that once occupied them, 'voids', and on mass symbolise the collective struggles of vulnerable people.
Wind choreographs movement in the collective and subjects them to elemental forces beyond their control. The sculptures are translucent and reflect natural light as they move.
The work was inpired by the poems of Mena Johnson, a poet that I collaborated with for the On Islands project at Eramboo Artist Environment.
|The Unfurling installation detail On Islands project|
|The Unfurling installation view On Islands project|
|The Unfurling installation video showing movement, On Islands project|
|The Unfurling installation details On Islands project|
|The Unfurling bushand installation view On Islands project|