Thursday, August 2, 2012

Deliberately Barren at the Sydney Biennale

Deliberately Barren (the blog) celebrates the choice to be child-free. A lifestyle that has it's share of both pleasure and complications. But for some it's a scar, a wound and a pain that never heals. I was taken by this piece at the Sydney Biennale, on Cockatoo Island. I'm wondering if the contributor to this collaborative exhibition found any healing in stitching her canvas together?


Nadia Myre Nadia Myre works across the mediums of film and video, sound, the Internet, handwork, interaction and performance. She explores themes of longing and loss, and the essentially human desire to reconcile the two. Myre’s interest in scars stems from her concerns with identity and experience, and specific focus on ideas of pain and healing. Scars are a signifier of time, of lives lived, and Myre treats the blank canvas as a body with the potential to be damaged and repaired. The Scar Project (2005–12) is a collaborative effort in which audiences depict their own scars on canvas and write an accompanying text. Treating the cloth like skin, participants cut and stitch the canvas, disfiguring and healing it in turn. The result is an ever-evolving installation that portrays an often unsightly reality in a poignant and compelling light. For the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Myre will continue The Scar Project with a Sydney audience.