The last of our farmstay Twigs was spectacular.. it was a ‘very big twig’.. We walked barefoot through the bush, through a walkway lined with mallee roots and branches, and reflected on the land, abundance and the cycle of all things.
A little further along was the dry dam bed which had been made into a labyrinth for us to walk through. I don’t think I have ever walked in a labyrinth before – and – I found it meditative and marvellous.
On the return walk back to our main Twig fire a blue light appeared in the distance.. as we walked closer we saw the side of a truck trailer had become a cinema screen. The film Trevor had made of his stay in Manangatang cycled over and over. I am not sure if it was us taking on the calm of the labyrinth.. or the sheer unexpectedness of a film being played in the open night sky on a farm in the middle of the mallee.. but we oohhhed.. and ahhhhed.. collectively for several minutes.
One of the images captured on the screen was of a white kangaroo which lives on the farm. The kangaroo was a recurring image throughout the Twig event, with her likeness being created out of deadwood and lit, watchful over our Twig activities.
The original soundscape for this event was made by John Britten – it’s lovely and really worth a listen.
There are literally hundreds of photographs of this event.. please check back to see more over the next week or so. Kim
Installation of rusting pipe – Artist Andrew Dowling
Andrew Dowling and Tarsh Rodda run a 60,000 acre Merino stud just south of Balranald in NSW.
Trevor arrived at Keri-Keri on Monday the 18 June and on Friday the 22nd June approximately twenty guests arrived for a very wintery Twig.
Between my visit on Thursday morning with cold grey skies threatening rain, to the Friday night Twig, it was obvious that there had been an enormous amount of work undertaken in moving the many works in progress to the site, and then completing these and others.
Big skies and space – lots of it – played a large part in the famers’ and artist’s installation of work. From the large ram standing sentinel at the drive in to the site, smaller and larger works were dotted across the landscape illuminated by a variety of lighting, the night hiding the network of leads crisscrossing back to the generator.
Little did we know that these few short days would see the beginning of a critical partnership between not only art and agriculture stakeholders but also those with an interest in aeronautical design. Who would have thought? With clear skies and a slight breeze, Trevor and Andrew busied themselves with prelaunch preparations. The surprise unveiling of the Keri-Keri rocket was greeted with much excitement as the small crowd counted down at the launch pad.
After an initial delay with some of the forward boosters, lift off was achieved at 9.43 pm EST. I.T.
Just home and smelling of the unmistakeable scent of ‘Twig Smoke’.
Tonight’s Twig was at a dairy farm just south east of Kerang, belonging to Di and Gary Bowles. I have attached a few photographs to show the atmosphere created by Trevor Flinn [as the artist], Di and Gary.
An hour and a half after the first lot of people began to arrive [22 in total] we all gathered around the fire, and Trevor spoke of his experience on the project. Milking each morning, so awake by six, filming ibis in a wetland just off the dairy shed.. and assisting the birth of a calf.. only to have it die within hours [and then it becoming part of the installation]. We all shared some soup cooked on the Twig fire.. and then the music started, flute, guitar and singing.. The Twigs are like this, collaborations of creativity between community and artist.
Another two more farm Twigs to come.. and then the final public Twig on August 17 at Speewa Hall!
Here is the link to the sound installation created for the Twig at Farnley by local sound artist John Britten. The sound played on a loop inside the woolshed as people experienced the altar of found objects, light installation and film created by lead artist Trevor Flinn.
The finale of the evening.. was a beautiful rendition of Hallelujah by farmer Peter Redfearn, joined by Georgie and Livvy Tully-Watts.
Do listen to the soundtrack and the song and perhaps watch the images from the previous post scrolling through.. perhaps.. light a small fire beside your desk, so you can experience the scent of the Twig while you are watching and listening..
Twig #2 is happening in around 2 weeks time. Can’t wait!
The first TWIG event occured on Friday 4th of May just out of the NSW town of Moulamein, on a property owned by Peter Redfearn. The event centred around the historic Nyang Woolshed. Artist Trevor Flinn created installations from found objects on the property, local musicians played and neighbours and friends enjoyed soup, scones, tea and coffee around a Twig Fire.
Around 25 people attended the first in the series of 5 rural Twig events scheduled between May and August.
A group of ACRE enthusiasts met in late January to discuss our exciting upcoming projects. ‘TWIG’, our artist on farms project April – August 2012 was discussed. An artist will be ‘in-residence’ on 4 farms over as many months. He will spend one week with each of the farming families, work with them, talk with them and together they will create an arts outcome to be presented at a TWIG [or ‘Twiggy’], which is a small informal campfire gathering which appears to be a tradition peculiar to farming communities in the Mallee and southern Riverina. At the end of each ‘residency’, there will be a TWIG event on or adjacent to the farm. Friends and farming colleagues will be invited. The final event in the project is the ‘artist’s TWIG’. Local artists will be invited to work with Trevor over a week to create an arts outcome in the tiny rural community of Speewa. This event will be open to a wider public audience.
Talking with the group re-inforced our understanding of the role of fire in bringing people together to share stories in the country. The ease of talking while sitting and looking into the flames of a fire can encourage an openness that might otherwise be suppressed. The addition of an artist of the calibre, and experience of Trevor Flinn will ensure there are some unique arts outcomes presented at each of the events.
Project dates will be posted here at a later date.