7th March – 7th April 2013
PUBLIC INN Cnr Mostyn & Barker Streets, Castlemaine and
RE-PUBLIC 26 Templeton Street, Castlemaine
In addition to giving 2 artists talks at Public Inn (Wednesday 20 March 3pm and Friday 22 March 3pm), Helen will open her Lot 19 studio to visitors on Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 March from 11am–2pm.
See the Castlemaine State Festival Program Map B, for Lot 19 location details.
DETRITUS is an exhibition about the redundancy of items in nature and in culture. It follows the theme of Memento mori (remember you are going to die), which was widely celebrated in Roman mosaics and across many cultures since. Artist Helen Bodycomb regards DETRITUS as commemorating the ephemeral beauty of life, not the horror of its loss.
Helen Bodycomb is a full time artist, highly regarded internationally as a specialist in the contemporary practice of the ancient medium of mosaic. She predominantly works on commissioned sculptural and fine mosaic artworks for clients from the public sector and for private collections. Helen is currently completing a new sculpture commissioned by The City of Melbourne for ArtPlay. FUTURESCAPE will be installed at Birrarung Marr, in the centre of Melbourne, in June 2013.
Following her current exhibition DETRITUS, Helen is looking forward to commencing a new body of un-commissioned works on transparent glass, featuring the wing scale patterns of locally indigenous butterflies and moths. She will be referencing photographs taken by former Victorian State Governor and part-time local resident Sir John Landy, which John has kindly made available to Helen. John has documented over 400 local species in Fryerstown, some of them still unnamed and unclassified.
Helen’s mosaic artworks are meticulously constructed tessera by tessera, from fine marbles and Venetian glass smalti. All materials are cut to shape using traditional stone and mosaic hand tools, and are placed using medical tweezers.