ARTIST: Laura Purcell
TITLE: Monster Suit
SKILLS: Costume design/construction, performer, photographer, devisor.
Monster Suit was performed by the artist at the opening of the new Moonah Arts Centre, in the darkened spaces, behind the scenes. It was also performed by the artist's mother in the studio.
Monster Suit is part of the artist's project Captivate. The project seeks to activate and animate the wild nature from within the tamed through sculpture, puppetry, performance, dance and video.
The following works are documented performances which have been inverted in post-production. These images aim to demonstrate and highlight the moment of transformation, where the natural and artificial, the body and architecture combine to become a new form, or creature.
This project is a part of Salamanca Arts Centre's HyPe program and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its art funding and advisory body, Hobart City Council, and Arts Tasmania.
TITLE: Country Women's Association Beauty Pageant
What do you find beautiful?
Elizabeth Woods posed this question to hundreds of Hobartians in her search for delightful people and their ideas. The product of this search was a public event where eighteen of Hobart's most beautiful thinkers competed for the title of The Most Beautiful Person of 2011. The contestants reflected, recited, sang, danced, cooked and undressed for a packed house, to convince the judges that they were the most charming, sincere, awe-inspiring and provocative on the day.
Rhonda Voo (Laura Purcell) was contestant number 8. She performed Lord Alfred Tennyson's poem Fatima to a packed house and thunderous applause.
Laura Purcell was Dr Elizabeth Woods assistant in the lead up to the event/production.
Photographs of Rhonda Voo by Kevin Leong.
PERFORMANCE: Workshop tutor, Roving artist
PRESENTED: Devonport Regional Art Gallery - during the RACT portraiture prize; Festivale , Launceston TAS
SKILLS: Character, costume, art tutor, art communicator
Pierre Salvatore, is larger than life itself. He travels the world to share his skills and knowledge in portraiture. When he is not training budding new artists, he is a flanuer at festivals sketching the visitors.
If you would like Pierre to demonstrate his skills or take a workshop please contact Laura.
Images are used with permission from the Devonport Regional Gallery
VIDEO: 3 min 31 sec
DATE: March 2015
LOCATION: Backspace Theatre, Hobart, Tasmania AUSTRALIA
PRESENTED: Creative Development - FALL (Rite of Spring)
SKILLS: Puppetry manipulation, Dance, Devising
Second Echo Ensemble are an independent, integrated performance group who have been producing dynamic collaborative physical theatre works since 2005. I was fortunate to be a part of the ensemble from 2013 to 2015 devising and developing new work towards the RITE OF SPRING, Salamanca Moves Festival Hobart September 2016.
Meet Rhonda Voo, Laura Purcell's benefactor, ambitious leader and alter ego. Advocate for the Arts, socialite and lover of big hair Rhonda has opened and curated group art exhibitions and brought sophistication to everyday festivals. She also entered the 2012 Beauty Pageant.
Cabaret de résilience
Exhibited at Inflight Gallery for group show Support Arts Appreciation Society (SAAS)