TOTAL PROCESS is a durational work by Australian artists Bronte Naylor, Grace Dewar and Laurie Oxenford that explores collaborative spatial practices as both art and non-art. Over the two-weeks of the festival, TOTAL PROCESS will evolve as a quasi-structure, research studio and meeting place to interrogate site and circumstance.
The project is a site-specific work in response to Lake Cootharaba and the surrounding urban and natural environments. The site intervention invites the interdisciplinary practices of the three artists through installation, painting, lighting, sound, photography and video, as well as research, critical dialogue and observation. TOTAL PROCESS borrows methodologies from other urban practices such as construction, architecture, graffiti and public art to engage with existing modalities in new ways.
Prioritising resourcefulness and chance, the artwork will use found materials to challenge assumed hierarchies of materials and traditional expectations of construction (how things ‘should’ be built). In this way, TOTAL PROCESS questions how far something can be pushed before it becomes something else. These approaches encourage continuous experimentation; presenting a tipping point into process-art and anti-disciplinary practices.
TOTAL PROCESS also comprises a digital component which can be accessed at www.publicpalace.studio
Bronte Naylor is an Australian visual artist working across exhibitions, public art, installation, research and community engagement. She recently completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) Graduating First Class USQ, Australia. Mixing photography and digital illustration, Naylor has established a signature collage aesthetic and methodology. She employs a considered approach to the creation of site-specific public art, working across three stages: initial research including documentative photography, the conceptualisation of design and rationale and then realised through the act of painting in the public sphere.
Laurie Oxenford is an early career Australian artist, curator and public art producer. Her interdisciplinary spatial practice investigates the navigation and construction of urban environments. Directed by chance, materiality, site and function, she is interested in the intersection of spatial practices such as architecture, construction, safety and maintenance. With a focus on non-commercial outcomes, Laurie’s installations, assemblages, and sculptures are inherently site-responsive and subversive. She critically appropriates, reorganises and alters found objects and materials while drawing on curatorial principles to experiment with context.
Grace Dewar is an interdisciplinary artist working on Yugambeh country, Gold Coast. With an interest in the potentials of public space, her practice explores everyday materials to disrupt dominant narratives about value. These investigations take the form of site-specific installation, collaboration, video and social practice. Grace is currently developing new work for the public domain as part of the 2021 cohort of Generate GC. She completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Spatial Construction) at the University of Southern Queensland in 2012.