purdah in the kitchen

date 1999
location 4 blind dates at the kendra, sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi 2000; Mapping Your Countries Djamu Gallery, Australian Museum, Customs House, Sydney 2000; Sydney SSO, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney 2001; Brainfeed, Penrith Regional Gallery, Sydney 2003
medium wood
dimensions variable
photographer the artist and jeff callan
collection artist
links

morse

…carried one beyond the limits of one’s mind to other times and other places, even, if one was lucky, to a place where there was no border between oneself and one’s image in the mirror. Amitav Ghosh

translation - morse code text

He said to me once that …one could never know anything except through desire, real desire, which was not the same as greed or lust: a pure painful and primitive desire, a longing for everything that was not in oneself, a torment of the flesh, hat carried one beyond the limits of one’s mind to other times and other places, if one was lucky, to a place where there was no border between oneself and one’s image in the mirrror.

The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh page 29

four blind dates

Four blind dates was an exhibition curated by Robyn Backen at the Sanskriti Kendra residency, including

Purdah in the Kitchen is a development of work Backen produced this year for exhibition in Sydney and Brisbane. She used fibre optic as a modern material used in communication technology development. The space was contained within the obsolete language of morse coded purdah scenes. Language is the the underpinning of this work, a look at change in places of languages analogue V digital and how they inform one another.

interior - window - exterior

the space between two bodies

Public Art - audience - Private Art

Transparency transillumination; translucence, unobstructed vision; thinness, gauziness; limpidity, clearness; glassiness; vitreosity, hyalescence; hyaline, water, glass, lens, eyepiece; pane, shop window, gauze, lace, chifon (Roget’s Thesaurs)

brainfeed reference

Purdah in the Kitchen Brainfeed,Lewers Bequest, Penrith 1999 - 2003 Wood, DVD and lights

This work was constructed in 1999 during an Asialink residency at Sanskriti Kendra in Delhi, India. The Morse code text panels, in original work, were set into the large windows situated at either end of the studio residence. This 2003 incarnation of Purdah in the Kitchen is a reconstruction that substitutes artificial light sources for the daylight of the Delhi exhibition. In my work I commonly use light with the integrative patterns of language to build works that engage with physical space. My work evokes changes in flow in a space, such as tidal change or the sending of a light message across the space. I use different languages, codes and signals to understand or comprehend our physical world.