Art On Stage September 2018

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Image: Sketch of original stage art concept for Sandbanks Music Festival 2018, Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, Ontario

Up cycled Medium: Discontinued commerical textile, some discarded apparel textile, remnant marine rope

Dimensions: total of panels approximately 22 feet by 7 feet

15 september 2018

Good Public Reference: Ecojustice

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The grouping of words above is the foundation for my latest art on stage, PROTECT, created especially for Sandbanks Music Festival 2018. PROTECT is left open to interpretation, so that you, the reader, can connect with the piece in your own way.

Method and Details

Faces: This is my first attempt at creating human faces in a stage-art installation. Graphic and modern elements are characterized in the elongated, bare-featured profiles that emphasize their two-dimensional flatness.   
Some of the faces in PROTECT are that of dealmakers, speaking over endangered mammals with a tanker spill in the background. The toxic mix depicted is one of bitumen sand and diluent. Under the word “Progress,” where the quotes signify irony, I attempt to capture in colourful textile the prism rainbow-like effect oil has on water.
The faces to the right are that of protestors, defending the natural environment as chinook salmon swim by.
Southern Resident Killer Whales: On the right is an ethereal hot air balloon with the word Protect stitched in. Cradled below by repurposed marine ropes is a scene of grief and mourning. This section of the installation is my reinterpretation of a recent, moving watercolour painting, SEE ME, by Washington State artist, Lori Christopher. The piece sent my imagination in search of my own idea of the loss and letting go felt by J35, nicknamed Tahlequah, who is the 20-year-old orca mother and member of the long-studied J Pod of Southern Resident Killer Whales.

Art On Stage June 2018

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In The Cord of Love

Image: Sketch of original stage art concept for the Skeleton Park Arts Festival 2018 stage, Kingston, Ontario

Up cycled Medium: Discontinued commerical textile, remnant marine rope, single-use bottle caps, recyclable water bottles, LED lighting

Dimensions: Dominant element - human skull 6 feet x 8 feet and forty thread elements at 2 feet each spanning breadth of the stage

22-24 June 2018

Good Public Reference: Ecojustice

Method and Details

Returning to Skeleton Park Arts Festival 2018 for the second year in a row, a large human skull will feature prominently in this year's up coming stage-art installation, titled In The Cord of Love. The skull has the ability to pique interest and fascinate even as it repels. It will serve to welcome visitors entering McBurney Park, a.k.a. Skeleton Park, during the festival as a universal expression of both mortality and humanity. This exclusively created anatomical focal point is a symbolic nod to a sense of connection and celebration of place as expressed by this close-knit community. Another especially important theme for its local residents is the protection of natural habitat and animals, as seen in this article. As such, In The Cord of Love will feature this front-facing form, measuring 6 feet by 8 feet, covered by some of nature’s exquisite animals and natural habitats, created of my up cycled art. 
Retaining their own identity, these cloth characters of past installations are combined for the first time to create a new, self-sufficient composition through the visual language of collage. Sockeye salmon, ocean reef fish, sea turtles, bees and their natural place of dwelling intertwine in chaotic exuberance, against the domineering influence of the skull. These creatures and their ilk are under pressure and threat of disappearing out of existence, as a consequence of unchecked human actions upon the natural world. 
In a few strategic locations, I hand sew the weightier pieces, securing them down, while safety pins affix the rest into place. The nonpermanence of the pins, reflect the fragile environmental laws that leave natural habitats and biodiversity, upon which life depends, vulnerable despite their existence.
With its strong sense of implied movement, the dancing thread swirls across the back curtain wall and signifies the undeniable connection that is shared by living things. It does what thread does best - that is, it keeps the fabric of life as we know it together. My intention with this up cycled textile piece is to try and reinterpret the topic of community and the human effect upon the environment in a way that makes sense - and to tell this visual story through the power and joy of collage art, in all its undeniable energy, rhythm and unpredictable nature. 

 

 Above: Art On Stage,  In The Cord Of Love  at Skeleton Park Arts Festival 2018. Photo by Suendrini.  23-24 June 2018

Above: Art On Stage, In The Cord Of Love at Skeleton Park Arts Festival 2018. Photo by Suendrini.

23-24 June 2018

 

Art On Stage April 2018

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Meadow Life

Ontarian meadows

Image: concept sketch of stage art for County Pop music festival stage at the historical Crystal Palace in Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario

Up cycled Medium: discontinued commercial textile, remnant marine rope, single-use plastic bags (as batting filler)

Dimensions: 25 feet x 6 feet

28 April 2018

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Ecojustice

Pollinator Canada

MEADOW LIFE is the title of the installation I created for our 2018 County Pop stage, at the historical Crystal Palace in Picton, Ontario. This year’s creation is my largest up cycled textile installation and had individually handcrafted wildlife in their natural habitat. It was created with the intention to express a local touch point of beauty reinterpreted in unlikely and unforeseen places.
This cross-sectional, semi-abstract stage art arrangement is a snapshot of a meadow from above and below the ground. Materials are carefully chosen by colour and pattern to represent the hand-cut and detailed elements, such as grassland creatures, wildflowers, native grasses, fibrous roots systems, organic matter and various layers of earth. The piece will symbolically represent the vital significance and diversity of a landscape that may be a seemingly simple one, at first glance.

Method and Details

Stitched throughout the textile meadow will be blooming Black-eyed Susan, Cardinal flowers and Wild Bergamot hovering above the permeable ground, which nest grassland birds and other creatures. This penetrating plant-mass community, becomes the extensive root systems in my method, as unravelled, frayed and knotted County-sourced marine rope remnants are stitched on to the larger work, in order to echo this complexity in nature, into textile.
Seventy-three hand-cut, geometrical and padded forms in earth- tone textiles will provide the visual weightiness and heavy textural contrast to the lower half of this 25 foot wide piece. The 3D multi segments are meant to cast shadows and absorb the ambient lighting - in a way that layers of soil, organic material and aggregate do the same. I added muddy blue hues to reflect a shallow ground water flow and a recharging aquifer, located deeper still. 

Above: Photo by Bob Ullrich of musical talents, JEREMIE ALBION and the ROSEHALL BAND with art on stage, Meadow Life at County Pop 2018

Below: Art On Stage, Meadow Life at County Pop 2018 with headliners, ELLIOTT BROOD. Photo by Suendrini.

28 May 2018

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Art On Stage September 2017

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Good Reef! Helping The Dusk and Dawn Chorus

Image: concept sketch of stage art for Sandbanks Music Festival 2017, Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, Ontario

Up cycled Medium: discontinued commercial textile,remnant marine rope, single-use plastic bags (as batting filler)

16 September 2017

Good Public Reference: Earth-matters

Scientists near coral reefs habitats off Western Australia recorded new audio of fish choruses, around dusk and dawn, like birds on land! These natural soundscapes were useful not just for fish, but also for other reef dwellers like coral and were part of a larger quest to understand reef ecosystems, by listening to their inhabitants. Altering ocean chemistry (ocean acidification) and warming water temperatures, brought on by climate change, are leading to coral bleaching; putting stress on coral reefs and its ecosystem. 

Method and Details

Seemingly from underwater in the ocean, this sweeping 4-piece up-cycled textile original stage-art installation - GOOD REEF! HELPING THE DUSK AND DAWN CHORUS - is created entirely from sewing rescued textiles discarded by the design industry, as well as marine rope remnants.
 Above: photo of headliner, GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS with up cycled textile art-  Good Reef! Helping The Dusk and Dawn Chorus  by Suendrini  Below: left and centre detail photos of sea turtle, coral reef, reef fish and SMF logo courtesy of Ramesh Pooran. Photo on right by Suendrini Goonesekera  16 September 2017

Above: photo of headliner, GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS with up cycled textile art- Good Reef! Helping The Dusk and Dawn Chorus by Suendrini

Below: left and centre detail photos of sea turtle, coral reef, reef fish and SMF logo courtesy of Ramesh Pooran. Photo on right by Suendrini Goonesekera

16 September 2017

 

Art On Stage June 2017

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Long View Wonder

Visualizing the importance of Science & Nature

Image: reconfigured concept sketch of stage art to suit the SPAF 2017 stage, Skeleton Park Arts Fest 2017, Kingston, Ontario

Up cycled Medium: discontinued commercial textile

Dimensions: 20 feet x 8 feet

23-25 June 2017

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Ecojustice

Pollinator Canada

LONG VIEW WONDER was inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and bees with their honeycomb hives. These two natural and scientific marvels in their familiar structural forms popped in harmony, while contrasting colour, texture and symbolic patterns played with the twinkling County Pop banner.The JWST’s eighteen, golden mirror segments and the thriving beehive, rendered in up cycled textiles attempted to lead one's imagination to a deeper engagement with both nature and science. The concept reflects upon the scope and depth of the informed scientific consensus based upon truths that will echo for generations.

Above: Photo courtesy of Skeleton Park Arts Festival of headliner, SARAH HARMER and her band with up cycled textile art

Below Art On Stage, Long View Wonder, Skeleton Park Art Festival 2017 stage.

23-25 June 2017

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Art On Stage May 2017

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Long View Wonder

Visualizing the importance of Science & Nature

Image: Sketch - configured concept to suit the County Pop music stage

Up cycled textile stage art for County Pop 2017, at the historical Crystal Palace in Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario

06 May 2017

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Ecojustice

Pollinator Canada

 Above: Photo of headliners, BILL and JOEL PLASKETT and up cycled textile art,  Long View Wonder,  by Suendrini  Below: Art on stage at the Crystal Palace in Picton, Ontario for County POP 2017 Music Festival  06 May 2017

Above: Photo of headliners, BILL and JOEL PLASKETT and up cycled textile art, Long View Wonder, by Suendrini

Below: Art on stage at the Crystal Palace in Picton, Ontario for County POP 2017 Music Festival

06 May 2017

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Art On Stage September 2016

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Blue

Water Awareness

Image: concept sketch of stage art for the Sandbanks Music Festival stage, Sandbanks Music Festival 2016 in Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, Ontario

Dimensions: 5 feet x 8 feet

17 September 2016

Good Public Reference:

Ecojustice

The Waterbrothers

 

Method and Details

Sandbanks Music Festival 2016’s art on stage was inspired by Japanese artist of the Edo period, Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic pieces on Water. Suendrini created a five-piece customized art installation, titled, BLUE that brought awareness to the powerful subject matter.
The projections in the The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Environmental Outlook to 2050 suggest that freshwater availability will be strained unless new policies, awareness building and actions are taken to improve the current outlook.
 Above: Photo of headliner, SLOAN and up cycled textile art,  Blue , by Suendrini at Sandbanks Music Festival 2016  Below: Photo of art on stage, detail  17 September 2016

Above: Photo of headliner, SLOAN and up cycled textile art, Blue, by Suendrini at Sandbanks Music Festival 2016

Below: Photo of art on stage, detail

17 September 2016

 

Art On Stage April 2016

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Ode To Prince/

Green For All

 

Above: Photo courtesy of Michael Lindon of headliner, RON SEXSMITH and band with up cycled textile art on stage, Ode To Prince/Green For All

Below: County Pop Music Festival 2016 video

30 April 2016

 

Art on Stage September 2015

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Secret Beach, Prince Edward County

Photo of musical talents with headliner, SARAH HARMER and up cycled textile art by Mihal Zada

Art on stage: Secret Beach, Prince Edward County at Sandbanks New Waves Festival in Sandbanks Provincial Park

Sarah Harmer played her newest song - "Just Get Here" from the "Al Purdy Was Here" documentary soundtrack

19 September 2015