Melbourne Fringe: 'Remnants of Space and Time. Archaeology of the Site' by Mary Peacock
‘Remnants of Space and Time. Archaeology of the Site’ is a site specific installation on the Mercator Lawn at Abbotsford Convent.
In ‘Remnants of Space and Time’ pegs and string will be used to map and wrap a space that was part of the infrastructure used by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd during the Convent years between 1863 until 1975, echoing the tools used by archaeologists to map out a site. This space holds large boiler pipes from the Magdalene Laundries, a brick wall from a coal bunker and bluestone cobbles quarried from the Convent site in the 1800s.
Mapping and wrapping these particularities of the site will animate traces of the past that have been cast away and call attention to the history and stories of the Convent. The work will be active in the day and night as the tips of the pegs and the string will glow in the dark, creating a network of lines in space.
Friday 22, 29 September, 8.30pm
Join the artist Mary Peacock on a night tour of the installation – watch it come to life under the stars as her map glows in the dark. Meet the artist on the Providence lawn.
Mary Peacock is an installation artist. Mapping is intrinsic to her practice and her research is concerned with capturing an experience of a particular place. Mary engages with the geography and history of site-specific locations working with the idea that over time a dialogue with the site emerges and informs the work. This process based practice focuses on giving form via installation to a presence or history that lies hidden within the site’s environment.
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