Bec Vandyk, Russell Lilford and Sue Acheson

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Too Many Words

Conducting a visual dialogue of the painted image, a collaboration of three artists will offer viewers direct insight into the seldom seen process of the creation of fine art in a public arena.

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Part One
A performance piece with no beginning and no end. The painting of an extremely large canvas by the working and re-working of each other’s images over two days in public. Working in unison and harmony, showing the world how art is created and the sweat and tears that is shed during its creation.

With a theme of toomanywords the three artists will immerse themselves, performing two dimensional art in three dimensions – in front of an audience. Separated by a rope barrier, guest artist narrators will explain the process as it develops. Viewers will be encouraged to visit more than once, to see how the work has progressed, and the finished piece, as an interconnection with the creative process.

The two day performance will be filmed to create a short film for posterity. Using time lapse photography, the artwork will develop at an alarming rate, interspersed with slow close-ups showing technique and concentration.

Part Two
When completed, the artwork will be deconstructed into smaller canvasses, enabling the second part of the performance to be undertaken:

At an exhibition venue, the artwork will be hung on display in its created form. At specified times, one or all of the artists will rearrange the sections to create a new configuration – carrying on the working and reworking theme of the original performance. Showing how art, and life, continues, every day the same, yet different. How we have to adjust to what happens in front of us, day by day. How we cannot plan what is going to happen in the future…

Rationale
Too many words are spoken in this world with either no intention of action, or with an no value. For example, politicians make public announcements with no intent of acting. Multinational organisations quote mission statements but don’t carry through in their everyday processes.

The artists want to counteract this by showing action without words to create something positive. The process is meaningful and open, with every action open to criticism and judgement.
By masking their identity in hooded garments, their positive actions speak volumes without personal acclaim.
By collaborating, they work together with no ownership, arrogance or personal outcome.

Outcome
This is intended to be an educational process for non-artists to understand the creation of two dimensional art, which is commonly produced in isolation. Artists locked away in their studios, working on their own until the final polished piece is exhibited. Seeing how a painting starts, develops and finishes is a special privilege which we hope will be embraced, showing the magic and mystery of the creative process.

For the artists, the excitement is the exploration of what can happen when you are not in total control of the outcome. How do the marks and style of the others affect what you do? This is reflection of what happens in real life.

We really appreciate your support. All donations will be used directly for materials, filming and post editing, and exhibition costs. And remember, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Bec Vandyk excels at many things. Majoring in Ceramics at LaTrobe Uni, her talents have spread into many fine art projects including performance art and acting, also set design and costume making – total immersion in the creative process.
Constantly exploring new fields, her creative practice is informed by her research into human sexual development, where she uses photography and film making to document and provoke discussion about feminist concepts
www.vandykimages.com.au

Russell Lilford is presently involved in fine art, printmaking and performance at Studio Alchemic. His history shows a wide variety of experiences and exposure including solo exhibitions, collaborations and community projects.
Working in the Northern Territory for a number of years, Russell lectured at the Charles Darwin University whilst establishing art studios and projects for Aboriginal groups whilst practicing and performing in his own right.

Sue Acheson has a background in Graphic Design, Project Management, Ceramics, Sculpture and Public art. Constantly exploring new skills, Sue spent some years designing and painting theatre sets and has a constant involvement in community art.
Inspired by the energies of nature, her art practice reflects the bush around her home, using marks which accentuate the light and shadow created by natural forces.
www.sueacheson.com.au

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