Artist at home with com­mis­sion

Joondalup Times - - ART 17 -

IN­TER­NA­TION­ALLY renowned artist and re­searcher He­len Pynor is com­ing to Joon­dalup as an artist-in-res­i­dence.

Dr Pynor will be a guest of the City of Joon­dalup from Oc­to­ber 13 to Novem­ber 30, when she will de­velop a con­cept for a com­mis­sioned art­work for the City.

The Syd­ney-based artist’s work is char­ac­terised by an en­gage­ment with liv­ing bi­o­log­i­cal en­ti­ties (or­gans, cells), through which she ex­plores the na­ture of hu­man and non­hu­man bod­ies.

Dur­ing her stay, she will ex­change ideas with sci­en­tists and health­care prac­ti­tion­ers.

Joon­dalup Mayor Al­bert Ja­cob said Dr Pynor was the sec­ond to take part in the City’s artist-in-res­i­dence pro­gram, fol­low­ing New York’s Bran­don Bal­lengee in 2015.

Mr Ja­cob said it was an ef­fec­tive way to con­tract an artist to cre­ate an orig­i­nal art­work and en­gage the com­mu­nity in dis­cus­sions, while of­fer­ing artists the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess new au­di­ences.

“A suc­cess­ful res­i­dency should be of mu­tual ben­e­fit to both artist and host, and Dr Pynor’s visit gives the City an op­por­tu­nity to view the lo­cal area through the fresh eyes of a vis­i­tor and her creative re­sponse to her time in our City,” he said.

Any Joon­dalup res­i­dents in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in Dr Pynor’s work should email vi­su­alarts@ joon­dalup.wa.gov.au.

Dr Pynor will be part of a panel dis­cus­sion about re­gen­er­a­tion at ECU Joon­dalup on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25.

The free event is be­ing pre­sented by the City and UWA’s Sym­bi­oticA – an artis­tic lab­o­ra­tory ded­i­cated to the re­search, learn­ing and cri­tique of life sci­ences – ex­plor­ing is­sues of phys­i­cal abil­ity, ac­cess and in­clu­sion, in­jury and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, and bio­med­i­cal in­no­va­tions.

Regis­ter at www. joon­dalup.wa.gov.au.

Pic­ture: Danny Kil­dare

Artist He­len Pynor.

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