what should I do now, with my hands? Beth Caird

11 July - 4 August 2018

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what should I do now, with my hands? takes on the form of a collaged Epyllion or "little epic" poem through video and text layering fictional and biographical stories of grief, loss and discontinuation of familial events. Epyllion poems were created in Ancient Roman times, a time beyond living memory,  and not formalised by the common language until the 19 Century.  The poem narrates the doings of those who have passed, who gave shape to the moralities that their descendants (the poet and audience) must interpret to fully understand themselves as living beings.

Constructed over the course of three years using footage from various alpine regions throughout Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, this exhibition brings together Caird's continuation of a focus on grief processes and life-after-death experiences, self-made myths and the truth buried under fabrications. The exhibition features a kind-of prologue by Canadian-based, New Zealand artist Faith Wilson, developed during her time of relocation, from Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington to Fernie, Canada, on the land of the Ktunaxa people, one place of remoteness to another. 

Blue Oyster Art Gallery 

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