Ray Harris, Untitled (pyre), work in progress, HD digital video still.
The Collections Project
The Guildhouse Collections Project with Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA)
20 July – 18 September 2020
Ray Harris is a South Australian artist whose visual arts practice encompasses performative video, live performance, installation and sculpture. Through these mediums Harris investigates psychological complexities and struggles of the self, and the dualities between inner thought and outer action. In doing so she utilises narcissistic fantasy as a narrative device to explore aspects of what it means to be human.
For The Collections Project Harris will develop the performative aspect of her practice by researching FUMA’s collection of international and Australian conceptual and performance art of the 1960s and 1970s. Harris will reinterpret or re-enact works by artists such as Mike Parr (Australian, 1945-), Wolf Vostell (German, 1932-1998), and Marina Abramovic (Serbian, 1946-) and Ulay (German, 1943-), as a method in which to conceptualise and develop new performative video work. The resulting exhibition will be presented as part of the South Australian Living Artist Festival.
The Collections Project is a collaboration between Guildhouse and Flinders University Museum of Art that provides artists with the opportunity to engage with the Museum’s collections and staff to create new work for exhibition. Guildhouse is the leading South Australian organisation supporting and creating connections for South Australian creative practitioners.