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Featured Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient: Lani Asuncion

Thursday, February 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Who are you as an artist?

I am a interdisciplinary artist working within communities and drawing from the history of a place and local traditions. By recalling personal stories that are transformed into abstract narratives I use to explore my identity as a multicultural and biracial Asian American woman, continually discovering the negotiation of belonging. My work abstracts oral stories in a way that uses digital media as a tool embedding layers of text and abstract contextual imagery connecting different bodies of work. The use of multimedia is her language expressing how she visualizes these stories in the everyday.


What prompted you to come to the US?

My project took place in Bilpin, New South Wales, Australia where I was an Artist-in-Resident at Bilpin International Grounds for Creative Initiatives (BigCi) during the month of July-August, 2016.

What did your course/project involve?

I went to Australia to make new artwork about the Aboriginal stories told about the Three Sisters Blue Mountains in Katoomba, NSW.

 This was Part III:  Cat’s Cradle and the Lost Magic Bone [Stolen Dreams] of a three part video art series that has been in production over the past three years.


What were the highlights of your experience?

During my month long residency at BigCi in Bilpin, New South Wales I meet locals who excitedly agreed to perform in my work. Over the duration of my project I was able to connect to people in the community. This became a social project including the landscape recorded in multiple aspects of the project.


Where did you find inspiration?

I found inspiration through the learning about the Australian Aboriginal culture and spending time in the landscape. The stories encouraged me to expand my view of the land and open conversations about Australian history with locals I met. 


What will you take away from this experience?

Spending time in Bilpin and the Blue Mountains in Katoomba was a experience like no other. I will always remember the call of the Kookaburra during dusk and the smell of a eucalyptus forest after a rain. This was a once in a lifetime experience and helped me complete a project I had been working on for three years.











What is your favorite piece of work that resulted from this experience?

3 SISTERS | Part III: Cat’s Cradle and the Lost Magic Bone [Stolen Dreams] and the solar dyed fabric used for the performers clothing imprinted with eucalyptus and flora in Bilpin. 



What are you currently working on?

Preparing and installing the exhibition of 3 SISTERS Series at the New Bedford Art Museum in New Bedford, MA. It will be on exhibit from Oct. 07-Nov. 20, 2016.


What is your vision for the future?

I hope that this work will be exhibited in New Haven, CT and New York City, which will incorporate live performance and installation.


What advice would you give other artists aspiring to come to the US?

Research and find places that you can work with that are aligned with your concept and focus of art making. Try to make connections before your arrival and come prepared to take the time to connect with the local community.


Where else can we find you?


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