Australian artist Fiona Davies' monumental textile work will directly address the structure of the James Hockey Gallery in this ambitious site-sensitive installation, curated by Lesley Millar.
The exhibition comprises a single work - Blood on Silk: Farnham. Working as a semi permeable membrane, layers of handmade silk paper both delineate the structure of the gallery space and partially conceal it. Referencing both connective tissues and funeral shrouds, the silk paper forlornly invokes ideas and experiences of absence.
Blood on Silk is a three way collaborative project of ideas between Dr Peter Domachuk, a physicist at the University of Sydney, Dr Lee-Anne Hall, a cultural and museum studies expert at UTS Sydney, and Fiona Davies, visual artist. Following the death of Davies' father in 2001 she has worked with ideas of medicalised death and the daily ritual of taking blood samples in intensive care. Dr Domachuk's research is in the development of implantable biophotonic silk microchips. These would allow blood to be analysed in real time whilst still within the body.
Further information can be found on www.fionadavies.com.au and www.bloodonsilk.wordpress.com
Fiona Davies work is also featured on the Transition and Influence Web Gallery www.transitionandinfluence.com