Art Project 100 MIGRATORY at the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra
100 MIGRATORY – is an extensive, local and world-wide art project initiated by Monica L Edmondson, a Swedish artist, who has a connection to Australia, having studied at Canberra School of Art at the ANU.
The project explores issues such as identity, origin, allegiance and migration. A hundred glass vessels, all individually made by the artist herself, depart on a return journey, starting in their home in the vast, winter-white mountains of Sápmi – Sameland in the north of Sweden. From there the vessels migrate on their several journeys to different countries, environments and cultures.
The forms of glass vessels, in the project used as a metaphor for ourselves, stress the importance of a secure warm nucleus in the life of every individual. At the same time 100 MIGRATORY argues the value of venturing out of original security in order to gain understanding and respect for otherness.
The Embassy of Sweden in Canberra has received one of these vessels of glass, part of 100 MIGRATORY, on loan for up to half a year. The vessel, which can be seen at the Embassy, can initiate curiosity about the form of a vessel and the use of glass as a material in arts and crafts, about worldwide indigenous issues including our own Sámi heritage as well as issues about democracy and human rights.
100 MIGRATORY will be exhibited in the Museum of Västerbotten in Umeå Sweden during the European Capital of Culture year of 2014. All hundred glass vessels as well as images and stories from their several journeys will be part of the art installation. The dancer and choreographer Carmen Olsson will also create a performance in response to the project.
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Monica writes on her blog about her years studying at the Canberra School of Art at the ANU;
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