Art, science, environment and community join hands in Keziah’s research

18 June 2014

My name is Keziah Craven. I enrolled in the Environmental Field Studies Program this semester, as I wanted to get more conceptual in my work. Previously I completed a Bachelor of Social Science, and I wanted to incorporate this into my art practice. I am interested in community and as I have recently moved into a small community I wanted to explore this sense of community and whether it can be constructed further. I am also interested in our natural surroundings and the relationship we have with it, the effect that it has on our well-being and how we sustain it.

I have created a body of work titled; The Displacement of Embodied Matter. My Artist Statement, which I think outlines the core of what interested me in this field study, is as follows;

‘Communities are made up of people coming together from different backgrounds, religions, races and last but not least, of all ages. We construct, create, cultivate and nurture through our hands. In this sense, a community is built and sustained through them. Anthropologist Mary Douglas in her book Purity & Danger, referenced dirt as being a matter out of place, and as something we are constantly trying to contain. Dirt was collected from construction and residential sites in the suburb of Crace and is the matter that embodies the hands.  In this body of work the cast hands unite nature and community into one form.’

Through doing Field Studies I have had the opportunity of creating a body of work with reference to a particular place where the founders of that place have meet with us and shared their philosophy and values, and been a valuable resource.

Text and image: Keziah Craven

You can see the outcomes of  Keziah’s research in the exhibition Crace: First Thoughts at the School of Art foyer gallery until the 21st of June 2014.

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