BLOOD ON SILK: FARNHAM
The single work Blood on Silk: Farnham, is a site-sensitive installation created by Australian artist FIONA DAVIES.
In this work she has used layers of handmade silk paper both to define the structure of the gallery space and to partially conceal it. Working as a semi permeable membrane some things will be allowed to pass and others held. The silk paper is beautiful, isolating and with its references to connective tissues and funeral shrouds, forlorn, invoking the ideas and experiences of absence.
Following the death of Davies’ father in 2001, she has worked with ideas of medicalised death and the domestication of routine activities such as taking blood samples in hospitals. For this installation these ideas were combined with those in an ARC research project by physicist
Dr. Domachuk into the development of a silk implantable biophotonic chip which allows real time measurement of the properties of blood including blood type while that blood is within the body. The silk paper is translucent rather than perfectly transparent as are the biophotonic chips. By limiting the amount of visual information that is allowed to pass, the viewer is encouraged to try to find new ways of seeing or of accessing additional information.
Fiona Davies is one member of a three way collaboration of ideas between a physicist, Domachuk, a writer, Hall and herself a visual artist. This collaboration, Blood on Silk will run for a minimum of three years. Davies has Applied Science and Visual Arts undergraduate degrees and a Master in Fine Arts by research from Monash.
Further information is on fionadavies.com.au and bloodonsilk.wordpress.com