Ask me what rock I have in my pocket.
Mostly, on a daily basis, I carry a small rock with me that will relate to a moment in time where I connected to a place or site in some way related to my art practice (or just felt grounded). I carried a small rock around with me for a year, that I found on the grounds of the Abbotsford Convent (where I have worked for the past 11 years). I was developing a work with the wonderful behn woods, and I suggested we both pick up a shard of bluestone that were scattered across our path and use it as an object to remember our chat. We where discussing the idea of “invisible practice” (i.e. making art not visible to an audience) and I had bought up a scene from the Japanese movie “Departures” where the father teaches the son to insert a memory of their time together that day into the rock as an “eternal moment”.
I am currently carrying a small orange quartz chunk that I found in the middle of nowhere in the Australian Gem Fields north of Alice Springs (on an approved Atitjere fossicking site). On that day I had been thinking a lot about molecules and memory whilst fossicking for garnets with my family.