Went to see this today, at Plump Gallery (240 Enmore Rd, Enmore) and spent a lovely hour or so drinking mint tea and chatting with Nicole and some other visitors. Get there between 3 and 4pm if you can:
Live Work Installation
’14th –20th November 2011
Artist talk and closing event Sunday 20 November 3pm–6pm
External viewing/live work daily 9am–6pm
External viewing video works after dark.
Tea with the Artist+view of works in progress inside the gallery daily 3pm–4pm
Artist Nicole Barakat will spend a week in Plump Gallery making works from found paper in response to the seeds/threads that were sown/sewn during her residency in Bethlehem,Palestine in July–August 2010.
Plump Gallery will become a temporal studio space and transformed into a site for an experimental investigation into process and making within the limitations of time and space.
The audience is invited to view Barakat’s process externally through the large street front windows as she produces her collection of Artworks.
Visitors are also invited to join the Artist between 3pm and 4pm daily for a cup of tea and viewing of the works in progress.The show will culminate in a closing event that will include an Artist talk and final viewing of all works produced during the week‐ long live work installation.
Hajara Waraka Miqass refers to the children’s game ‘rock, paper, scissors’ something the artist often played with the children she resided with in Bethlehem. The phrase speaks of materials and processes, of literally making with paper and scissors. It is also refers strongly to Palestine, with the rock as a symbol of the steadfastness of the land and people, the rubble of destroyed homes and villages and stones as essential tools of resistance to the occupation.
Barakat’s works will respond to the details she encountered during her time in Palestine; the finely couched embroideries from Aziza ‐ an 86 year‐old maker, the texture and vibrancy of a flowering fig from a northern village destroyed in 1948 and the living stories shared and witnessed…’