About the Exhibition

Community and communion are closely linked - consciously or otherwise - through the activities of daily life. This is where life’s ultimate questions seem to be answered – Who am I? Where am I? Why am I here?

Applying marketing insights, there is a new search for meaning in life. As Tacey (2003, p.2) comments; ‘We are caught in a difficult moment in history, stuck between a secular system we have out grown and a religious system we cannot fully embrace’. Clearly a spirituality exists in Australia that is no longer associated with religion or consigned only to the indigenous. The starting point for this spirituality is in the everyday. A microcosm of society, it exists in families and in communities.

The creative outcome of a doctoral research thesis and the artist’s thirty year international practice, this exhibition is widely engaging. Minimalist depictions of the familiar become unusual metaphors for the self and spirituality offering a common, though thought-provoking, ground of being.

Once Apron a Time ties into the artist’s journey as an immigrant finding place and space in Australia. The installations incorporate fabric, found objects, wood construction, acrylic banners, and digital composition, soundscape and performance to deconstruct fixed, preconceived community and religious references.

September 11th has increased a fear of other cultures. There has never been a better time to globally effect much more than tolerance but to search for common values, visions and discover a universal spirituality as transferred through communities. Through art seeking the immortal now, the role of faith in building a harmonious multi-cultural society is explored.

Tacey, David. 2003. The Spirituality Revolution – the emergence of contemporary spirituality. HarperCollins, Sydney

Description of Work:

1) Manse: 40 cm wide and 50 metre long clear acrylic banner with 30cm high Gothic style Latin and English text wind along and across the hallway.

2) Bluescope: 100 blue aprons tied together in a long stretch of connectedness stretch across the corridor. This may illustrate a dream or a delusion.

3) Platform: recycled hardwood fence palings are deconstructed, bagged homes which line the corridor as transportable homes with one built version extending from one wall. Carrying one’s cultural background and bias is easier and harder than one may realize. The real hitch is to think you are without bias.

4) FAITHING DVD Production Duration: 6 minutes: Though a spiritual journey can be isolating, no one is completely alone. There are other travellers with whom to connect. At times community is supportive, and at other times it is a trial. At all times, joining together seems to require a stepping out. The Peitsch family starts from a safe enclave. Without looking back, each strides into a separate future, donning an ‘apron of service’ in the process. They are surrounded by a crowd of voices, seemingly from within and without. Each carries nothing but who he or she is intrinsically.

5) Facing God DVD Production Duration: 7 minutes: The divine has been faced in many ways throughout history, but can this face be perceived by anyone? This query, in the form of Peitsch’s self-reflexive poetic narrative, provides the words for FACING. People from various cultural backgrounds combine as one questioning voice, layered on images of Italian and Australian roadside shrines, or semblances thereof, and slip into abstraction and back. The search for ‘the mystery’ is itself the mystery.

6) INSPIRING Performance Art: The wide expectation that artists are here to make a difference to their culture, all the while being mostly kept poor and without privilege continues into this century. Upon invitation, Peitsch is to visit various art studios and classrooms for a ten minute duration for three consecutive visits wearing a pillowcase, eye glasses and displaying one sign at a time…..’FAILED ARTIST’, ‘GREAT ARTIST’, and ‘OKAY ARTIST’….during or proceeding the duration of the exhibition.

Number of Works: Six (6) installations but numerous pieces. Large wall based plasma screen and foyer data projector required for DVDs.