• Artist
    Lyn Plummer
  • Title
    Modulations: Re calling the blood tears (installation view)
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Modulations: Re calling the blood tears

Saturday, April 09, 2011 - Monday, June 13, 2011, -

Admission: Free

Lyn Plummer is an installation artist whose practice has explored notions of ritual and religion over a thirty year period.

Modulations has been visualized as a series of installations that sets up a sense of pilgrimage: one which extends over a number of years and encompasses conceptually both the artist and the viewer.

Observers who experience the evolution of the installation from one gallery space to another can  sense how the meanings of the pieces change and take on new meanings in the different spaces. New works are introduced into the series in response to the different galleries. Many of the new pieces added during the current procession of this series, are responses to a recent visit to Spain, to observe and participate in the Andaluc√≠an Semana Santa (Easter) processions.

While each of the earlier installations in the series concentrated on a sense of ecclesiastical rituals and their underlying meanings, this installation concentrates on the singular and lonely anguish of the bereaved. The mother, the sister, the wife, the lover, the comrade, who mourn and honour the loss of their beloved one.

This installation responds to the Gallery as custodian of the Eureka Flag, which symbolises the end of a metaphorical journey through the transplanting of cultural values to the new world, to the emergence of a national identity. The artist has also responded to the conjunction in 2011 of Easter and Anzac Day, which brings together a moveable observance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, determined by the lunar cycle, with a singular date set in perpetuity in Australasia as the anniversary and commemoration of the iniquitous loss of life in the incessant cycle of the battles of war. 

A vital element of the installation is the sound track by composer Mark Finsterer. The space and the mind are permeated by the echoes of prayer and of the lament of military loss.