Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre: online, collection highlights!

Hello again! First things first, I am absolutely gratful to Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre for including my work in their online collection. And it is not just for being included in their online collaboration with Google Arts & Culture. My gratitude is also for being reminded that, back in the day, everyone at the Powerhouse, the community, the AECG Mil-Pra, the artists, were a really groovy, hard working & welcoming bunch, who made you feel part of the community and something big. That my work was included back then, to me was both community & creative validation. These exhibitions, helped build my confidence and my practice. It was always exciting to exhibit & do work for the exhibtions. Having my work included in this collection, makes me think, these things live on at the Powerhouse.

I remember how it felt to make these works and the feel of pastel on my fingers. They’re more about the human spirit and finding connection to ancestry and land, rather than about our humanity in the modern world. Having said that, I remember these works and that it was an emptiness in the modern world that fuelled me to draw this series. The whole thing is complicated by the medium – modern world materials to try to illustrate the search for connection with an ancient culture, ancestors and spirit. In short, hold on to the spirit within and the spirit of family and community because no matter what paths we take in life, I like to think we will all find our Belonging.

Although these works may not intially seem connected to my character, Sister GlitterNullius,

There are enduring themes of identity and Indigeneity, entangled, complex relationships, failure and fragility between my early and current work. Today these are contextualised within decolonisation frameworks, Indigenous cultural revitalisation, simultaneously responding to environmental crisis. One of my practice goals is to create projects that prioritise collaborative solutions, shared knowledges, social engagement with challenging, complex issues. I hope to contribute to community capacity and strengthened relationships through performances, storytelling short videos and workshops.

Sister GlitterNullius is the post-traumatic, recovering personification and representation of the hypocrisy dilemma that is the Anthropocene. A nun, imprisoned by her love-hate relationship with plastix and all things, consumerist, capitalist, catholic and post-colonial. Through humour, irony, and a pinch of sarcasm, GlitterNullius stands with the in-betweeners, the failures and the lost, trying to navigate a greener decolonised path Home. Can someone lend her a map?

Perhaps then, the issues I explore in my practice remain fundamentally similar, if not the same in some ways.

Thankyou for visiting!

Your Friend in & out of plastix!

Juundaal

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre: online collection highlights!

Journeys of Spirit, 2003, mixed media on board, (53.5×71.5), Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre: collection, (Accession #CP614), online publish, 2021, https://collection.casulapowerhouse.com/objects/193/journeys-of-spirit. Winner of the Bruce & Carol Kendall OAM, Memorial Award & Exhibition, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, NSW.

Hello again, I hope you’re well & staying groovy! I’m very grateful to have my work included in the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, online collection, highlights. Although these worx come from much earlier days, I am reminded that there are enduring themes of complex relationships, nature & the environment, indigeneity & identity, then and are present in my work as Sister GlitterNullius, now. I imagine, most people want to feel they belong to something, a community, a family etc. Belonging to a culture so ancient, Cultural knowledges being revitalised, I imagine, has many of us, reaching out in the ways we know.

I’ve included these works in the blog site because, it brings me to ask, how much has changed? Where are we now? How much of all the different knowledges, can now come together to save the Earth, as we endeavour to save ourselves? It’s the same thing, right?

You can check out the other worx in the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre by following the link above. Thanx for dropping by.

Your Friend In & Out of Plastix, Juundaal.

Love You Miss You Cementa21… X

Hello my children! Come my children, come! I miss you, even though you haven’t happened yet!

So sad about the news to have to postpone Cementa21! But next year will be more resilient and fabulous than ever!

If soil is land and land is place and we all belong to the land, the place we miss is Kandos NSW and Cementa21 Festival.

New Dates are: 19th-22nd May 2022!

Your Friend in & out of Plastix!

Sister GlitterNullius. X

Herland III: The Body Resilient 2021! X

Hello my children! My my, it’s been quite a while and we’ve missed you all!

The Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Plastix is very humbled & dare I say excited to be showing The Transformation of Sister GlitterNullius (video) & joining a fabulous group exhibition at Herland IIIThe Body Resilient at The Women’s Library from March 5th, 2021.

Bless our holy endeavours & the dynamic range of artworks being exhibited, as part of International Women’s Day celebrations, visit Herland III- The Body Resilient, 2020. Click the link to secure your tickets!

Your Friend, In & Out of Plastix,

Sister GlitterNullius. X

The Podcast of Perpetual Plastix – Tea with Rox & Rebecca

Welcome, welcome, welcome, come in my children.

In this episode of the Podcast, we take you on a journey through a holy beacon of hope, known as the Articulate project space located on Parramatta Road in Leichhardt.

Sitting over a cuppa join us as we chat to the artist, Rox De Luca and writer and researcher, Rebecca Prince-Ruiz about creating sustainable pathways, preventing plastic wastefulness and discussing Rox’s own exhibition at the time, ‘Gleaning for Plastics, Defying Wastefulness’.

To find out more about Rox De Luca and her art, click here. To find out more about Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and her foundation ‘Plastic Free July’, click here.

I would like to thank both Rox and Rebecca for sitting down and sharing your wealth of knowledge with us and being incredibly generous with your time. I also want to thank Kim Williams as well for facilitating this dialogue and arranging the meeting, it was a huge eye-opener for both of the Sisters. Thank you to Lucas Ihlein and Kim Williams also, for assisting me throughout this entire process.

Image captured: Rox De Luca’s installation, credit Meryn Martin, 2020

Confess, be blessed… well… maybe… X

Collaborating Video & Editor: Jesse Tyssen

Come with me but don’t follow me… you are my children but I am not your Mother. She is saltwater, rain, mountain, bird, reptile, river, fish… She is soil, sky and stars… every plant, plankton & microbe… The seasons, fire, wind… She is Ancestors, our sisters & brothers, human and non-human. Do not confess & seek forgiveness from this humble servant… I too, sin. For I am Sister GlitterNullius, the personification of our collective existence hypocrisy…

Please children, do not beg absolution from Mother Nature… her existence is urgent. Build a many & far reaching spider-web around her… Simultaneously reach out to & for the many, the far & wide… stay near, slow down & hurry …

Your Friend In & Out of Plastix,

Sister GlitterNullius X

‘Gleaning for Plastix’ in conversation with Rox de Luca

On Friday the 28th of August, The Sisters of Perpetual Plastix made a voyage out to Leichhardt to visit the Articulate project space. We were visiting another protector of plastix, Rox de Luca.

Rox’s most recent exhibition ‘Gleaning for plastics, defying wastefulness’ features incredibly intricate arrangements of plastics, sourced when walking her local beach, either on Bondi or in Rose Bay.

“She collects the weather-worn fragments from the sand, and she takes them home to clean and to categorize by size, colour and shape. Then her defiant transformations occur”.  

Gleaning for plastics, defying wastefulness by Paul Allatson © 2020  

The Birth of Sister GlitterNullius…

Editor: Jesse Tyssen, 2020.

Nigh yiggun binggirribah…birin…yamba… Ngay garni yugen jagun…gudjim, gami, wadjan…jahdjam…Niugh yiggun mamirbu…ngubu…yugirbah… Gannga… wahra…dhinda-djindi…yamba…jagur, jagul, jagur, jagul, jagur, jagul, stranger…stranger…stranger…

I am glad you are here…hurry child. We have a long way to go from this place but come with me. Step forward, step with me and come. I am old and I am weary but I am strong. I am not lost. Not today…not yet…

Talk to me, tell me what burdens you in this modern plastic world? It seems to me, you are caught in a web? Keep me company while we travel and unburden yourself of your web. Confess your worries…your arrival is timely so, tell me about your entanglement with plastic…?

Sister GlitterNullius

The 7 Deadly Sins… the cure is here my children!

Welcome, welcome! Come in, it is lovely to be with you again! I have turned to our Lords’ word to bring you the cure for our plastix-waste sins! Gather in, come close my children!

Collaborating Editor: Jesse Tyssen, 2020.

Acedia: Work for the good of others my children, lest thee be thrown into snake pits!

Luxuria: Chastity, self-control and using that wicked energy for the good of others… else be smothered in fire and brimstone!

Gula: My children, you need temperance and the desire to be healthy, that you are fit to serve others… or eat you shall! You will be force fed rats, toads and snakes thence be cured of your plastic gluttony!

Superbia: Remove your ego and boastfulness as it were a rotting tooth! Humility and service before self or you choose to be broken on the wheel, my children please…!

Avarita: My children, the cure for your greed, as it has been written is simple: sharing not hoarding, others before self and charity. Should you not find these within, be boiled alive in oil!

Wrath: Patience, empathy and compassion will save thee from a living dismemberment.

Tristita: Your cure is living with the desire to help others, kindness and be content with what you have. Children, if this you cannot house then freezing water until you are dead will be thou punishment.

Until next time, keep the faith and remain the faithful. Be guided and be kind how you step...

Your Friend in & out of Plastix,

Sister GlitterNullius

Plastic Penance with HRH MC Nannarchy

In part two of The Podcast of Perpetual Plastix, Sister Ninny Nurdles sits down with the one and only HRH MC Nannarchy (or Nanna for short).

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HRH MC Nannarchy is aided and abetted by her granddaughter Helen Ramoutsaki. Dr Ramoutsaki is an Adjunct Research Associate with the Creative Ecologies Research Theme at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia.