‘Peculiar Familiar’ at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation Odradek window space curated by Joanna Kitto

28th May – 29th June 2015

Shown across three consecutive displays in the odradekaeaf, Peculiar Familiar presents three Australian artists who transform the everyday into the strange. Anna Horne (SA), Soda_Jerk (NSW) and Jemimah Dodd (SA) approach found objects and imagery in unexpected ways. Discarded and overlooked materials become playful and perplexing new creations, taking the form of sculpture and the moving image that activate the inanimate. There is a striking disparity between the familiarity of the materials and the uncanny nature of their works. Each discards what is expected of their mediums in favour of more poetic possibilities. In doing so, the work compels us to reconsider our understanding and memory of the known, from the function and form of domestic objects, to the linear path of time. Peculiar Familiar obscures the line between what is comfortable and what is uncertain, revealing how easily the two can be exchanged.
Jemimah Dodd, Neon Guards, 2015

This recent sculptural work by South Australian artist Jemimah Dodd is part of an ongoing exploration of the transformative power of light and colour. In Neon Guards, developed site-specifically for the odradekaeaf, Dodd employs the common house gutter guard to investigate the spatial and sensory effects of light and the distillation of vivid colour. Given new and unrecognisable form, our understanding of the utilitarian behavior of these humble hardware objects falls under question. A curious, sensory experience takes over as Dodd elevates the readymade and the everyday to fantastical new heights.

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odradekaeaf Jemimah Dodd 'Neon Guards'

odradekaeaf Jemimah Dodd ‘Neon Guards’

odradekaeaf Jemimah Dodd 'Neon Guards'

odradekaeaf Jemimah Dodd ‘Neon Guards’

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Dollop Kingdom: CACSA Project Space Dec 2014 – Jan 2015

My solo exhibition of video and installation is on show at the Contemporary Art Center of South Australia Project Space 4th – 21st Dec 2014 & 12th – 25th Jan 2015. For those who can’t get there you can read the catalouge essay below and view some pictures….

Photography by Sam Roberts

Essay By Serena Wong

With the aid of light and colour, Jemimah Dodd’s Dollop Kingdom is a playful leap into the gap between reality and imagination.  The dichotomies of reality and imagination, separated by our inherited Enlightenment-born logic, are brought together here in a collision of material and form.  Embracing a hand-made DIY materiality, this installation is built from chicken wire, expanding foam, MDF, plaster and projectors.  Yet these physical component s are, in a way, beside the point.  Or rather, only one point.  Continuing her investigation into the relationship between light and material, Dodd’s work centres on unexpected transformations created when form is moulded by luminescence.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of light.  It is intangible, yet fundamental to our existence.  The light from the sun for example, is not only intimately involved in producing oxygen, but it also regulates our bodies waking and sleeping cycles.  In ways that aren’t completely understood, our receptiveness to luminosity is hard wired into our brains.  Light allows us to see, yet it also controls our perception.  Manipulating it can change whether we understand something as clinical or dazzling, amorous or dim.  Yet, despite its insubstantial nature, light (and shadow) inform how we perceive the environment around us, it illuminates and sculpts surfaces and objects, almost without us being aware of it.

Mining the malleable nature of light and colour, Dodd persuades us that her work can be stationary but transitory, touchable but insubstantial.  Using footage made of mixing colours in her bathtub, Dodd projects vibrant colours on a massive scale, onto the amorphous DIY-handmade forms that cover the walls and spill onto the floor.  In a contradiction of material, the forms, which look like icing but are hard and clinical to touch, are made inviting and warm through light and colour.

In covering these gooey looking forms with projections of vivid oozing colour, Dollop Kingdom becomes a spectacle of material transformation.   The sensation of watching viscous dollops of colour run down the walls that envelope the space is visceral.  It changes, not just the space, but the experience and understanding of it.  When art can leap out of materiality, when matter can resonate and become more than itself, Elizabeth Grosz writes, this is the key moment when the transmission of sensation from artwork, to the living body, and back into the world, happens.

Upon entering Dollop Kingdom, we are taken to a place of imagination, where we are explorers into light and colour.  We can travel into space and conjure worlds that haven’t yet been discovered.  To embrace this work is a chance to become an adventurer, to traverse into unknown corners of the universe, on a low-fi, handmade set.  How long will we let ourselves suspend disbelief and travel down the rabbit hole?

1.Grosz, E. Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth, Columbia University Press, New York, 2008

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

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Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

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Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

Jemimah Dodd Dollop Kingdom

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Radio Adelaide : Dollop Kingdom at CACSA Project Space

On Thursday 4th December I opened my solo exhibition in the Contemporary Art Center of South Australia Project Space titled ‘Dollop Kingdom’. The exhibition is open 4th – 21st Dec & 12th – 25th Jan. I had a chat with Cath Kenneally on Radio Adelaide’s Arts Breakfast to give a little insight into the show. You can check out a podcast of the interview here:

https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/dollop-kingdom/

Dollop Kingdom 2014, Jemimah Dodd

Dollop Kingdom 2014, Jemimah Dodd

Dollop Kingdom 2014, Jemimah Dodd

Dollop Kingdom 2014, Jemimah Dodd

FELTnatural 2014

On Friday 21st November, FELTspace launched our third public art project in Rymill Park – FELTnatural 2014.  The opening event was a huge success and excellent party. Mother nature sandwiched us between two days of torrential rain, lightning and thunder to turn on a stunning celebration on the island on Friday evening. Supported by Arts SA and the Adelaide City Council, this event is on display for an entire week with artist tours on Tuesday and Thursday and a closing picnic and workshop this Sunday 30th November.  I created two new works for the exhibition titled ‘Agave Attenuata Artificial’.

‘Agave Attenuata Artificial’ continues my investigations into how we might imitate or subtly reference spectacle in nature with everyday materials. This concept of working stems from my ongoing interest in the potential for the extraordinary in the ordinary. The work created for FELTnatural blends ideas of the natural and artificial, organic and manufactured. Referencing one of the most popular and highly ornamental succulents, I created a playful version of this commonly sought after plant. Extending on the idea of the artificial ornateness, I sculpted plant like forms out of numerous silicone nozzles, plastic domes and paint. The Agave Attenuata is extremely drought tolerant, survives in poor soils and can tolerate a range of climates. ‘Agave Attenuata Artificial’ is similarly robust, requiring no watering or soil. It is the perfect plant for those who enjoy the natural world but, like me, are not natural green thumbs!

What: A FELTspace Rymill Park ephemeral public art project.
Where: Rymill Park, Adelaide.
When: Friday 21 November to Sunday 30 November
Lunchtime artist tours: Tuesday 25 Nov + Thursday 27 November, 12:30pm. Meet on the Rymill Park island
Closing Picnic: Sunday 30 Nov from 1pm, at BBQ West area, with Embroidered Frisbee workshop by Team Textiles and performance by Choral Grief. BYO drinks and food, bargain sausage sizzle by FELTspace.

Artists: Roy Ananda, Katie Barber, John Blines, Steven Cybulka, James Dodd, Jemimah Dodd, Mae Finlayson, Anna Gore, Ray Harris, Elizabeth Hetzel, Anna Horne, Heidi Kenyon, Sue Kneebone, Sophia Nuske, Jenna Pippett, Kate Power, Derek Sargent, Sandra Uray-Kennett, Henry Jock Walker & Jungle Phillips & Steve Langdon, and Josephine Were & Meg Wilson

*Performance schedule for ‘hold/held’ by Josephine Were & Meg Wilson
Sunday Nov 30th 1-3pm

FELTnatural is supported by Arts SA’s Public Art & Design program and the Adelaide City Council’s Arts and Cultural program.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1648224478737654/

http://feltspace.org/current_project.php

image credits: Steph Fuller, 2014

image credit: Steph Fuller

Jemimah Dodd

‘Agave Attenuata Artificial’, Jemimah Dodd, 2014

Jemimah Dodd

‘Agave Attenuata Artificial’, Jemimah Dodd, 2014

St. Ignatius Residency : September 2014

During the month of September I spent 10 days with the St.Ignatius year 8’s as their artist in residence. After introducing them to my own work and processes for working they paired up to create sculptures out of everyday materials such as pop sticks, straws and paper plates. Their project objectives were to explore the idea of transforming banal everyday materials into something unknown or unfamiliar. I asked the students not to plan what they wanted to make nor be motivated by narrative or representation, which is quite contradictory to how they are normally taught to think and work at school. Rather, they were to play with and explore a variety of materials investigating options for repetition, texture, movement, line, colour and 3D form. Once satisfied with their experiments they allowed their forms to organically evolve into larger sculptures. Below are some examples of finished works. In between classes I also worked on my own piece titled ‘As if by magic’ 2014. This gave the students from all year levels the opportunity to observe me whilst working and also engage in conversations about what I make, what they were interested in and what it is to be a practicing artist. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at St. Ignatius and would like to thank the school for having me. The students excelled at what was quite a challenging task and I was thrilled with the results.

'As if by magic', Jemimah Dodd, 2014, mirror, pencils, 55cm diameter, 20cm high on plinth

‘As if by magic’, Jemimah Dodd, 2014, mirror, pencils, 55cm diameter, 20cm high on plinth

'As if by magic' (detail), Jemimah Dodd, 2014, mirror, pencils, 55cm diameter, 20cm high on plinth

‘As if by magic’ (detail), Jemimah Dodd, 2014, mirror, pencils, 55cm diameter, 20cm high on plinth

'As if by magic', Jemimah Dodd, 2014, mirror, pencils, 55cm diameter, 20cm high on plinth

‘As if by magic’, Jemimah Dodd, 2014, mirror, pencils, 55cm diameter, 20cm high on plinth

‘Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival’, Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory

I was very fortunate to be able to accompany my husband James Dodd on a remote NT adventure at the end of August as his assistant on a community mural project for the ‘Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival’. As part of this project Jimmy conducted stencil making workshops with school students who then joined us during the festival to create a large wall mural. Having never worked on an art project in a remote community before this was an incredibly rewarding, challenging and fun experience and I cannot wait to engage in similar projects in the future.

Check out Jimmy’s description of the project here: http://james-dodd.com/one-people-one-voice-festival/

 

Jemimah Dodd, James Dodd, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

Jemimah Dodd, James Dodd, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

Jemimah Dodd, James Dodd, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

Jemimah Dodd, James Dodd, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

Jemimah Dodd, James Dodd, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

Jemimah Dodd, James Dodd, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

Jemimah Dodd, James Dodd, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

Jemimah Dodd, James Dodd, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

Jemimah Dodd, James Dodd, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

Jemimah Dodd, James Dodd, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

James Dodd Mural, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

James Dodd Mural, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

James Dodd Mural, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

James Dodd Mural, Umbakumba One People One Voice Festival 2014

 

 

 

‘Globelight’ 2014, Melbourne (VIC)

During the month of August, three of my ‘Silicone Nozzle’ lights were exhibited as part of the 2014 Globelight Exhibition at the Anita Traverso Gallery in Melbourne. Founded in 2012 by light artist James Tapscott, Globelight is a program of events and exhibitions showcasing new talent in light art and design. Artists and Designers are selected from around the country and overseas to submit or create light based works that are in any format, be it object-based, installation, photography, projection or video. The aim of this is to showcase a wide range of approaches to the medium by talent from different backgrounds in order to enhance our understanding of the capabilities of light as a medium. More on the diverse and talented bunch of artists involved here: http://www.globelight.com.au/2014-artists/

Each year Globelight also publishes a book containing images of each work, text and essays on light by contributing artists. 2014 books have just been produced and are now available for purchase for $50 +p/h. Go to the website for details : http://www.globelight.com.au/

 

Jemimah Dodd, 'Silicone Nozzles', large white, 2013. Nozzles, LED lights

Jemimah Dodd, ‘Silicone Nozzles’, large white, 2013. Nozzles, LED lights

Jemimah Dodd, Globelight 2014 install, 'Silicone Nozzle' lights 2013

Jemimah Dodd, Globelight 2014 install, ‘Silicone Nozzle’ lights 2013

 

Globelight book 2014, Jemimah Dodd, Silicone Nozzle lights

Globelight book 2014, Jemimah Dodd, Silicone Nozzle lights

July : ‘Dollop’ Constance ARI, Hobart (TAS)

Throughout July 2014 I presented my first interstate work at Constance ARI titled ‘Dollop’. This site specific video installation was an investigation into ideas I have been playing with in the studio in preparation for a large solo show at the Contemporary Art Center of South Australia in December. ‘Dollop’ explored my ongoing interest in how light might combine with objects and sculptural forms to transform the mundane into mesmermizing, imitating or subtly referencing spectacle in nature with ordinary things from the supermarket and hardware shop. This series of work is inspired by fantastical ideas of tacky Christmas magic caves, crystal castles and natural phenomena such as neon glow worm goo, the Lechuguilla Cave chandelier ballroom and the rainbow illuminated 180 million year-old cave located in Guilin, China. ‘Dollop’ investigates how we see light, colour and liquescent moving imagery against static, clunky handmade objects and forms. This video installation blends ideas of liquid/solid, natural/artificial, movement/stillness, light/dark and hi-fi/low-fi.

Jemimah Dodd, ‘Dollop’, July 2014. Constance ARI Hobart from Jemimah Davis on Vimeo.

Jemimah Dodd, 'Dollop', July 2014, Constance ARI. Video Installation, 4 min loop: icing sugar, food colouring. Installation: Styrofoam, plaster, chicken wire, expando-foam. 130 x 130 x 180

Jemimah Dodd, ‘Dollop’, July 2014, Constance ARI. Video Installation, 4 min loop: icing sugar, food colouring. Installation: Styrofoam, plaster, chicken wire, expando-foam. 130 x 130 x 180

Jemimah Dodd, 'Dollop', July 2014, Constance ARI. Video Installation, 4 min loop: icing sugar, food colouring. Installation: Styrofoam, plaster, chicken wire, expando-foam. 130 x 130 x 180

Jemimah Dodd, ‘Dollop’, July 2014, Constance ARI. Video Installation, 4 min loop: icing sugar, food colouring. Installation: Styrofoam, plaster, chicken wire, expando-foam. 130 x 130 x 180

Jemimah Dodd, 'Dollop', July 2014, Constance ARI. Video Installation, 4 min loop: icing sugar, food colouring. Installation: Styrofoam, plaster, chicken wire, expando-foam. 130 x 130 x 180

Jemimah Dodd, ‘Dollop’, July 2014, Constance ARI. Video Installation, 4 min loop: icing sugar, food colouring. Installation: Styrofoam, plaster, chicken wire, expando-foam. 130 x 130 x 180

Jemimah Dodd, 'Dollop', July 2014, Constance ARI. Video Installation, 4 min loop: icing sugar, food colouring. Installation: Styrofoam, plaster, chicken wire, expando-foam. 130 x 130 x 180

Jemimah Dodd, ‘Dollop’, July 2014, Constance ARI. Video Installation, 4 min loop: icing sugar, food colouring. Installation: Styrofoam, plaster, chicken wire, expando-foam. 130 x 130 x 180

Jemimah Dodd, 'Dollop', July 2014, Constance ARI. Video Installation, 4 min loop: icing sugar, food colouring. Installation: Styrofoam, plaster, chicken wire, expando-foam. 130 x 130 x 180

Jemimah Dodd, ‘Dollop’, July 2014, Constance ARI. Video Installation, 4 min loop: icing sugar, food colouring. Installation: Styrofoam, plaster, chicken wire, expando-foam. 130 x 130 x 180

Jemimah Dodd, 'Dollop', July 2014, Constance ARI. Video Installation, 4 min loop: icing sugar, food colouring. Installation: Styrofoam, plaster, chicken wire, expando-foam. 130 x 130 x 180

Jemimah Dodd, ‘Dollop’, July 2014, Constance ARI. Video Installation, 4 min loop: icing sugar, food colouring. Installation: Styrofoam, plaster, chicken wire, expando-foam. 130 x 130 x 180

June Update : a long time between posts…….

Hello virtual world! I have had a short hiatus from blog-life as the last few months have been extremely busy. Back on board now with a few exciting projects coming up….

Firstly you will notice I have changed my name. No longer working under Jemimah Davis, but my married name Jemimah Dodd! Fortunately all of my contact details (email, web address, signature) look the same  – JEMIMAH.D!

I have been working on various jobs for the last few months including casual work at the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, my usual FELTspace commitments and a short term gig with Mossgreen Auction House who came over from Melbourne to sell off the Warren and Bunty Bonython estate. Most recently I have taken on the Project Manager role for a Pom Pom (Carclew) Pilot project with Swallowcliffe Primary, as well as maintaining my usual role as artist assistant and programming assistant for our Saturday and School Holidays Pom Pom program. More about Pom Pom here -https://carclew.com.au/Program/pom-pom      ……and a picture of the wonderful collaborative creation made by the children and artist Kel Mocilnik below.

COMING UP IN JULY : I am working on a new work for my first interstate exhibition at Constance ARI in Hobart, Tasmania. The show titled ‘Dollop V1’  is a new video installation that is the preliminary investigations for a larger body of work that I will exhibit in the CACSA Project Space in December 2014. Some studio/bathtub experiment shots of the video production  below….

AUGUST: Throughout August I am very excited to have have 3 of my “Silicone Nozzle” light artworks selected to be in the Globelight 2014 exhibition in Melbourne. This is a link to the artists who have so far been announced and some profiles of their work. http://www.globelight.com.au/2014-artists/

MENTORSHIP: I was also very fortunate to recently receive funding from the Helpmann Academy to assist with a Mentorship with Perth based artist Tanya Schultz (Pip& Pop). Tanya and I are currently discussing a lot of exciting options, ideas and plans to aim for during the mentorship.  Tanya’s work has inspired and influenced my own ideas and motivations for many years now and I have relished the opportunity to work with her in the past during the Come Out Festival 2013. I feel very lucky to be able to work with her again.  To gain some of her wisdom and guidance at this stage of my career will be invaluable. Stay tuned for details. http://www.pipandpop.com.au

Jemimah Dodd, 2014, studio experiments

Jemimah Dodd, 2014, studio experiments

Jemimah Dodd, 2014, studio experiments

Jemimah Dodd, 2014, studio experiments

Pom Pom 2014, Collaboration with the children and artist Kel Mocilnik, artist assistant Jemimah Dodd

Pom Pom 2014, Collaboration with the children and artist Kel Mocilnik, artist assistant Jemimah Dodd

Museum of the Long Weekend sum up!

In October last year I was involved in a Big hART project in Canberra – MUSEUM OF THE LONG WEEKEND.

The MUSEUM was a multi-disciplinary installation that aimed to uncover hidden gems of Australian identity. It explored the idea that it might be in times of recreation and relaxation that our success as a community and as a nation is most present. Big hART artists collaborated with families, collecting memories and curating them into a living and mobile exhibition.

The event was staged in and around multiple caravans, in two parts: 42 vintage caravans attended the event, traveling from around the country. The public was invited to wander in and around the vans, strike up a conversation, have a cup of tea and a chat about holidays past, common ground and times of relaxation or family arguments into the night.

The ‘artwork’ was presented in and around the curated caravans – specific caravans were curated and spread throughout Grevillea Park. The public were encouraged to explore these caravan exhibition spaces.

The caravan I created an installation for was named ‘Bubbles’. The teeny tiny vintage caravan is owned by Kylie Brunner and is dearly adored by her kids Olivia and Archie.  This adventure was the first big trip the family has had with Bubbles and the first true Australian road trip for Olivia and Archie. I was inspired by the idea of family holidays in the pre-technological age, where old fashioned games were treasured and kids would make their own fun out of what is at hand or could be found. Together with Archie and Olivia we created a ‘hand-made’ arcade : 3 giant marble trails made out of toilet rolls and fabric rolls looped up, down and around the interior of the van, a cardboard caravan clock kept the time, an internally luminated cardboard Chinese checkers board, a giant cardboard outdoor dominoes game and Archie and Olivia each had a custom made cardboard scrap book to document their home, their trip and future adventures and memories that they will share as a family with Bubbles. Cardboard bunting was also wrapped around the exterior of the van, painted with symbols that represent the Brunner family – Mum, Dad, Archie, Olivia and each of their many many pets on their property in the hills of Adelaide.

Check out the video below that sums up the project and some snapshots of ‘Bubbles’:

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