Som Chai meets my family & friends
I am so excited that Som Chai is now in Oz and has been granted a partner visa.
He's met my family and friends, and even come along to Uni with me.
It is wonderful having him here with me - no more lonely nights or awkward outings on my own!
I can throw my wish list in the fire now because he fulfils all my dreams. I am so proud of him - he is charismatic, generous and kind, and he is also Budhist and a meditator!
I wondered whether there was a difference between art made by a human and art made by a machine? So I made a fan that painted, and I became a painting human fan.
Conclusion: there was no difference.
Just an Ordinary Peasant is based on my uncle’s experience as an inmate at Treblinka extermination camp in 1944. His memoir recounts that while being forced to carry corpses from the gas chambers to an open-air pyre, he was handed a sack which held little children who were still alive. The guard commanded the sack be thrown into the fire. The woman I play in Just an Ordinary Peasant is a hybrid character created from the memoirs of my uncle, my parents and my own research. She sings and dances and also throws a sack of babies into the fire. This piece explores my own biases as well as questions the culpability of ‘ordinary people’ who were accomplices to the atrocities carried out during the Third Reich.
Around my Home
Before he died, Dad asked me to care for his VCR collection
...so I did. I've lined my walls with hundreds of his cherished VCRs...
...in different patterns and places around the house
Mum & Dad (by Linda Wachtel), the ticking clock, and the words to 'Time' by Pink Floyd in scrabble letters
Dad's audio tapes around the ceiling light, and central shaving brush
Never a dull moment for mum - helping paint the garage door
The pipes and boring brick wall needed a face lift
Appropriated from Banksy's New York: A painting of Mum spray-painting 'I LOVE ASHWOOD' on back fence
Time to rest
Stencilled with lace material from Yasmin's wedding dress
Mia as 'Alice in Wonderland'(appropriated from Arthur Rackam's 'Alice')
Clothes-peg design covering up the ugly laundry cupboard
A papier mache sink
Dad's sculpture of Anton
Alice in Wonderland lamp
The birth of Venus rail -head
Mum's colander makes an effective lamp
Mum & dad's encyclopedias make a good shelf
My devoted partner, Som Chai. Thank God I'm not single, old and alone!
Mum's dolls. (Because of the War, she had to grow up quickly and never completed the doll playing phase...)
Just silly things