Helen Bodycomb Mosaics
I am a contemporary artist who, having initially trained as painter, now practices predominantly in stone and glass (mosaic) and sculpture. I live and work in Central Victoria, Australia, from where I enjoy international collegial relationships with colleagues and patrons across Asia, Europe and the USA. Most of my work is commissioned by private and public clients in Australia, however I also enjoy a more experimental approach to mosaic and make un-commissioned works using ephemera such as flock, chicken wish- bones, VHS tapes and other non-traditional media. I conduct a small number of technique-based workshops in my studio each year, in addition to guest teaching across Australia and overseas.
Following some quality conference action in the US and WA during 2014, 2015 is looking equally sprightly. I have bitten the further education bullet and will be doing my Masters of Visual Arts with La Trobe University, as well as presenting a major collaborative work – RKM – as part of the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival 13–22 March.
RKM (Road Kill Mausoleum) is an architectural-scale, interactive multimedia installation that honours road kill and memory. Modeled on the footprint of the Byzantine Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy, and built from thousands of VHS tape memory vaults, RKM is a walk-through memento mori. It explores death as obsolescence, collective and genetic memory, and the relationship between the experience of being human and our inner beast.
Poignant and provocative, RKM interweaves threads of indifference with guilt, horror with humour, and the real with imagined memory. Created together with fellow Castlemaine based artists Ulrike Barbara von Radichevich, Jilli Rose, and Davide Michielin – RKM is free and open 10 am til 5 pm from Friday 13 til Sunday 22 March. Come and see what you think and take in some of the other Castlemaine Festival action while you’re here. This BIG GIG only comes around every two years and there is heaps to see and do.
See the Castlemaine Festival website for details