Capturing the fragility of a fleeting moment in time, that is always present but rarely examined, drives Tasmanian artist Priscilla Beck.
Now, she will give Sawtooth ARI attendees the opportunity to explore the idea for themselves as part of an exhibition set to grace the gallery from January 15.
Beck was invited to fill the Invermay gallery space by Sawtooth Director Liam James in partnership with Mona Foma and said the installation would play to the dynamics of the Sawtooth space.
She said upon visiting the gallery she was inspired by the warehouse space which had small beads of light sneaking through small holes in the building.
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"The warehouse had all of these little holes - rust holes or old nail holes - in the walls and when we went there to do a site visit they were making tiny camera obscura projections on the floor with little circles of light that were showing really crisp images of the sky outside," she said.
"I thought that was quite lovely and so the next time I went there Liam and I worked together to try and recreate that on a larger scale.
"All we really did was put different holes in the space with really minimal interventions but the outcome is that it fills the whole warehouse with projections of the sky outside. So all across the walls and the floor are these luminous images of clouds moving around you."
Beck said what intrigued her most about the ever-changing glimpses of light was the reality that, whether they can be seen or not, they are always there.
"It has this kind of melancholy atmosphere that maybe speaks to time passing and the world changing and these fragile, fleeting things that you might miss but that happen with or without you," she said.
"The installation itself has that quality that it's ephemeral and very weather dependent ... and even though the projection is always there, you wont necessarily be able to see it if it's not bright enough outside."
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Another part of the work that Beck was hoping to emphasise was the element of failure - but how other interpret failure, and what failure looks like.
With the precariousness granted to the installation by the nature of the beams of natural light, Beck said the best the exhibit might look could come in the early hours of the morning, while opening night might end up presenting a dark night that obscures the visuality of the lights.
"It's part of the work for me that the work itself comes and goes," she said.
"And that might be perceived as failure."
Beck said failure and precariousness was something that Sawtooth itself, being artist run, contributed to.
"An artist run initiative is a really precarious thing in the landscape of the arts as well," she said.
"Artists and volunteers can come and go just because of the nature of what they are."
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