Monday, October 12, 2015

In Conversation: Angela Cavalieri

The second installment of our In Conversation series takes Gallery & Curatorial Assistant Marion Piper into the gallery and up to the work of Angela Cavalieri. Many of you may remember Angela's work from the exhibition Re-writing the Image in 2014. We're thrilled to be working with her again and to learn more about her inspirations and influences for Eye Score: The Audible Image

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[MP]: Hi Angela!
Let’s kick off this interview for Eye Score…

You exhibited with us last year in ‘Rewriting the Image’ - is the work in Eye Score dramatically different or in a similar vein?

[AC]: Hi Marion! 
Different in that the work in Re-writing the Image was a 3-Dimensional object (an artist book) and the two works in Eye Score are 2-Dimensional. They both have imagery made up from text. The works in Eye Score are based on music lyrics from Claudio Monteverdi's madrigals and the artist book was based on Italo Calvino' s "invisible cities", in particular the continuous city.


Giro (2015), Hand-printed linocut print and acrylic on paper, Artist Proof, 130 x 272cm
(c) Courtesy of the artist. 

[MP]: Great! I can see the links between your previous works and the ones for Eye Score, particularly the idea of using another creative work as inspiration. Is this something that has always been a part of your creative practice?

[AC]: Yes, it has...there has been influences from literature or music from great writers and musicians.


Detail of Giro (2015), Hand-printed linocut print and acrylic on paper, Artist Proof, 130 x 272cm
(c) Courtesy of the artist. 
It has also come from great architecture, monuments or places that that I have been to through my travels and residencies....there has been many references from Rome, Renaissance domes and arches as well as early Romanesque architecture from Catalonia, Spain.

[MP]: Your work is very architectural in nature which also has links to the structural nature of writing. Are the texts you garner inspiration from ones you feel personally connected to in terms of their cultural content, or do you use them because of their structural or aesthetic features? 

[AC]: They are mainly related to places I have been to or buildings I've visited.
The historical or cultural connection for me is important as well as their structural aesthetic quality. 

Ragionando (2015), Hand-printed linocut print and acrylic on paper, Artist Proof, 121 x 206 cm
(c) Courtesy of the artist.
[MP]: Fantastic! Can you tell me of a place you have visited recently that took your breath away?

[AC]: Venice in the rain.... and it wasn't the first time!
PS: actually Ravenna wasn't too far behind!


Detail of Ragionando (2015), Hand-printed linocut print and acrylic on paper, Artist Proof, 121 x 206 cm
(c) Courtesy of the artist.
[MP]: Haha I would imagine that Venice in the rain would be incredible!

After participating in Eye Score, what other exhibitions or projects do you have on the horizon?

[AC]: I'm basically just going to continue working with some ideas I had during my Venice residency. I'm currently working with an animator and musician on a project for the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. I'd like to expand that further. In April next year I have a show booked in Darwin at the NCCA.

Detail of Ragionando (2015), Hand-printed linocut print and acrylic on paper, Artist Proof, 121 x 206 cm
(c) Courtesy of the artist.
I have a solo show "Canzone - Music as storytelling", on at the moment at fortyfive downstairs in conjunction with the Melbourne Festival till 24th October.

There is also a documentary showing my research and outcome from a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship in 2012-13. It is on Youtube as well, the link is: http://youtu.be/f0oWrgfd9iE

You can checkout some earlier work on my website: www.angelacavalieri.com



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Eye Score: The Audible Image is open to the public until Sunday 1 November, 2015. For more information on Angela Cavalieri, check out her website: http://www.angelacavalieri.com/ 

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