Dirt and Ash / by Kellie O'Dempsey


Dirt and Ash :: Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey
20 October – 2 December 2018 | Opening Night 19 October 2018
Gallery 1: The Margaret Olley Gallery, Lismore Regional Gallery | Lismore, Australia
Kellie O’Dempsey and Fiona Fell | Sound: Mick Dick

Kellie O’Dempsey and Fiona Fell perform Dirt & Ash, an immersive multimedia installation about the relationship between the artist and work of art. Mick Dick (sound artist) performing on opening night.

Exhibition was opened by Dr Barbara Bolt, Professor in Contemporary Arts and Culture, Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.

Dirt and Ash displays a dynamic exchange between two mid-career artists. Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey explore the links between artists’ bodies, ceramic sculpture and performance drawing and video, inquiring into the nature of each other’s creative processes. As works are built, stacked, re-formed and incorporated through performance and live drawing the underbelly of their creative practices is exposed.  

Sharing the material relationships of clay and charcoal the shared experience of loss and survival is uncovered (in terms of life and their creative processes). Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey dramatise their perseverant search for presence, synchronising moments in the studio as performance.

Links | Catalogue // Lismore Gallery website

Exhibition Images


Videogragher: Steven Kwan

Exhibition Catalogue

Credits | Photographer: Darcy Grant // Videographer: Steven Kwan