Through her much-anticipated solo exhibition, leading West Australian artist Olga Cironis extends an invitation to the public to anonymously share their own stories about intimacy, touch and connection. Gathered by the artist as audio recordings and presented as a sound installation, Forest of Voices gives form to a collective archive of voices.
“Forest of Voices is about listening to the ‘other’ as fragments of private intimate conversations that play all at the same time through small, suspended speakers. There will be whisperings of desires, love, pain, loss and fear. Together with recordings of the four elements, they create a delicate chorus of voices, a sound that from a distance is similar to the wind through branches.”
“I hope to create a safe space for the public to add their experience to the work, adding a relevant contemporary narrative that reflects the present times.” – Olga Cironis
The act of seeking and collecting mementos of human exchange have been present throughout the artist’s career. Spanning three decades, Cironis’ practice has examined the personal narratives of intimacy and connection that sit at the centre of the human condition. Her work recognises the possibilities contained in collective acts and asserts the importance of understanding how we live together.
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