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.
VIDEO: 5 min 17 sec
DATE: June 2014
LOCATION: Watford, Connecticut USA
PRESENTED: Live Performance - Eugene O'Neill National Puppetry Conference 2014
SKILLS: Direction, Puppetry making and manipulation, Devising, Scriptwriting
What happens when you're in the face of danger? Do you make the choice or does someone else?
This live outdoor performance was one out of 35 works created at the conference and was invited to present at the public performance.
This work is part of the Captivate Project - a series of interconnected and intimate compositions which explore the themes of human and non-human animal connections, identity and place.
Artist: Laura Purcell
Face POP explores preconceived notions of how a woman may be seen and how she may see herself. It questions how ‘contemporary’ the female perception of self is.
Private and domestic actions challenge my understanding of empowerment, self-esteem and femininity. My daily decisions make me uncomfortable or empower as I choose to accommodate or challenge a situation within and beyond the physical boundary and location of my property. The mask is a choice. A choice to be worn and a choice to have it placed by others expectations. The mask, like the boundary line, acts to protect, conceal and challenge the ideals and expectations of feminine identity.
Sandi Sissel, photographer, mentor
Kelly Drummond Cawthon, Salamanca Arts Centre producer, mentor
Tickleback Ridge Estate
Emma Louise Sproule
This project is part of Salamanca Arts Centre’s HyPe program 2014 and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Hobart City Council, and Arts Tasmania.
Cabaret de résilience
Exhibited at Inflight Gallery for group show Support Arts Appreciation Society (SAAS)