The artwork Rumour(2013) is a temporal, kinetic sculpture. It consists of a motor encased by a wooden frame, which is placed directly on the floor. Atta, the flour used to make chapatis, is builtup around the frame as a mound covering and concealing the motorised framework. Protruding from the top of the atta mound is a stick, which slowly rotates in a slow, double, circulatory movement, mimicking a contemporary dough hook used in kitchen mixers to make dough. The stick is from a piece of mistletoe I found during frequent walks in the Box-Ironbark Forests in the Central Goldfields in Victoria. The landscape, predominantly Grey and Yellow Box and Red Ironbark Eucalyptus, has a specific mistletoe that parasitically attaches itself to its host, mimicking its appearance in both foliage and flower. I was interested in this ideaof the mistletoe because of its mimicry quality. I covered the stick in individual Swarovski crystals to create a homogenising layer between the mistletoe and the eucalyptus. The crystals shimmer as the light catches the stick while it rotates in the atta mound. It is mesmerising, watching the stick in its circulatory route around the flour. It moves in an almost serpentine way, because of the form of the stick and the double circular motion. It is a dazzling and seductive work. Nothing happens as it perpetually orbits in its defined path. When contextualised through the historical lens of the Indian mutiny, the artwork feels treacherous in its beauty waiting for the right timeto strike and claim back India from British Imperialism.
Rumour(2013) , eucalyptus branch, mistletoe, Swarovski crystals, flour, motor, wood, 90cm diameter x 130cm height.