The work begins in a journey taken, on the train between Melbourne and Sydney, through Albury (the border). At that particular point in time, the fires were raging through the summer, it felt like the world was choking. It was just us. But the world is choking. At a protest rally organised against the aforementioned urgency, I became aware of the Minotaur in the Hyde Park fountain and his (Asterion, the Minotaur's) creation myth... more importantly, his mother, Pasiphaë. Pasiphaë was once a Phoenecian sun goddess, but was demoted by the Minoans, and then discredited with this alleged act of bestiality. Thus, tracing the European notion of man's mastery over nature through foundational mythologies (and medieval interpretations that were the foundation of our nation-state) I mean to explore this antagonistic relationship with our life support system. This is examined through our instinct toward and against "the animal" (as adored on the internet, as more species become extinct). The installation itself will comprise of a feature-length poetic video work as well as a large embroidered banner (riffing on protest banners and medieval standards), depicting men frolicking with snails in (obscure) reference to our changing attitudes towards credit, our unquestioning acceptance of the mechanisms that extract our labour and the "resources" of the earth.
Through prose poetic writing and performance, disparate research and personal connections are synthesised into a lived experience of the political. These renderings usually find purchase in video and/or painting. Materials are gathered out of waste (small attempts at sustainability). Where waste is unavoidable and other ethical concerns (such as the exploitation of labour) are inherent in the process (the machines/tools and materials), these preoccupations are addressed as part of the work.
By couching life and work in the material processes that make a life and work possible, the countless otherwise autonomous processes that mediate existence are made legible, toward a rationalisation that is much less limited than the strictly economic.