Can I Bear Children? 2018
Found objects, enamel, acrylic paint. various sizes, two channel audio.
A collaboration with Nicholson Street Public School, Daniel Silver and composer Joseph Franklin.
These instruments made out of trash were constructed by the primary school students at Nicholson Street Primary in Balmain East, Sydney. I collaborated with them to create a music work. I then transported the instruments and soundtrack into the exhibition space. The instruments become childhood relics, that function as questions marks. The objects are not limited to themselves but to space and time. Once a sound is made it is never unmade - it ripples infinitely. Like the materials that form a bigger narrative, the components are orchestrated to decompose at different rates - the child, the rock, the cardboard, the wire - all move with us and beyond us in this living morphology of beingness. Not seeking to resolve or produce, Can I Bear Children? explores fluctuations and indeterminate factors of being in time as felt through the artist’s ageing female body.