Kindred was developed through a site-responsive methodology, drawing on the curatorial framework and broader location research, as well as the inter-related relationship with Kin. Kindred is inspired by the visual language of Kin, and a desire to create linkages into an expanded visual narrative that weaves across the whole courtyard site. Kindred is an artwork that draws upon, links to, and expands on the inspiration and research generated for Kin. The ideas of light, nature, cycle and scale, by which to both define the space and create a landmark work with a wayfinding element, for a 24hr usage, unpinned the design of this artwork.
The native flora, and in particular the local native grasses of the area are key to the visual language of Kindred. The richness of texture, structure, colour and form of the local flora habitat is embedded in our creative response. The life cycle of the tall grasses from striking shards too top-heavy and softly textured autumnal tuffs underlines the materiality and sculptural shape of the artwork.
Kindred emerged from a mind mapping approach to a range of interrelated concepts, drawing upon the visual language of Kin and the local environment. This thinking being expressed through materials and forms that offer the audience a number of pathways by which to engage.
The lighting design of this work is a subtle change in luminosity programmed to the cycle of a yogic breath, thus creating a tranquility that your body and breath subliminally sync to.
Installation shot by Sam Scoufos.
making of shots by davisthomas and the fabrication team.