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RESIDENCY: Sidney Nolan Trust ➕ Thomas John Bacon

  • Sidney Nolan Trust The Rodd, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2LL (map)

This residency will respond to the Lines in the Landscape, a rolling provocation by the Sidney Nolan Trust.  This theme will allow me to engage with an open environment to return to making actions with materials from the land as featured in my earlier works, and draw this into the creation of a new series of future performances.  

As an artist who works intrinsically through the practice of phenomenology - having recently completed a PhD in this field - my methodology engages with embodied and disembodied phenomenological experiences.  Therefore, to be present in a landscape that may allow me to mindfully engage with both a presence and an absence will allow me to traverse my own pathways through the land empirically while affording me the opportunity to juxtapose this with my reciprocal intersubjective or intercorporeal experience/s.  

This will form part of the research for my ➕ phase.  A 'black cross' period of work that traces a psychogenesis while utilising a phenomenological lens that focuses on the body in extremis, creating a series of new performance works, actions and artefacts that respond to my body in a landscape of: ➕Mind ➕Environment ➕Perception/Experience ➕Intimacy and Healing ➕Rapture in Rupture.  

Walking in the countryside has always being a ritualistic healing process for my mind in my life and I hope journeying through The Rodd to discover actions, natural materials, and site-specific geology, will inform processes of, or for, or with, non visible forms of perception, forgotten landscapes, and patterns of self care/destruction as part of my future practice.  

Developed with the generous support of the Sidney Nolan Trust.

Expressions of Interest:
➕ represents an extended period of practice as research for Thomas John Bacon and further partnerships or interests in hosting actions/performance/masterclass/talks/exhibition/resdiency are currently welcome as we finalise our funding for the period of 2017 - 2020.

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