Fly Free Carol

Posted: April 24, 2016 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time, magic

Fly-Free-Carol-2016Fly Free Carol written on a piece of scribbly gum bark to honour our beautiful friend’s passing 2 years ago
Mortuary-Station-Fly-Free-Carol-2016Old Man Crow’s aim is much better than mine so he tossed the piece of bark onto the railway track at Mortuary Station
Mortuary-Station-Fly-Free-Carol-detail-2016and it landed right in the middle of the tracks right side up!
Mortuary-Station-steeple-2016this is our second visit to the Embassy of Transition for the Sydney Biennale

  1. How moving. Is the bark part of an artwork or one of nature’s own?

    Had my first glimpse of Fiona Hall at the NGA yesterday. Hope you can make it , so worth a visit (asuming you haven’t seen it in Venice!)

    • Mo Crow says:

      here’s the text about Charwei Tsai’s installation at Mortuary Station for the Sydney Biennale
      “At the Embassy of Transition, Tsai contemplates the Bardo – the indeterminate state between death and rebirth – through a series of works that explore the continuous cycles of life and death. Tsai’s multilayered installation is based on The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo, a widely studied Tibetan text considered to be a guide for the dying that is also beneficial for the living. According to the text, the consciousness of a person who has passed from this life lingers in the world for 49 days, confused and unable to let go, clinging to life through images, people or events of the past. While the spirit is still present, they are capable of hearing, and so the text is read aloud, describing how in death consciousness separates from the body, encouraging a spirit to release their hold on life.

      Echoing the historic function of Mortuary Station as a place of transition and final farewells, Tsai has created a series of works as meditations on death as a reflection of life. Suspended over the platform, Spiral Incense Bardo, 2016, enacts a ritual of purification. Large incense spirals inscribed with passages from The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo are lit each morning, burning until the end of the day, whereupon they are extinguished and the fallen ashes smeared over the ground. Scattered over the train tracks is A Dedication to Those Who Have Passed Through Mortuary Station, Sydney, 2016. Objects from nature – dried leaves and seeds – each bear a word from the text in memory of the spirits who passed through the station when funerary trains bound for Rookwood Cemetery departed from the platform. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to participate, entering the ticket office and writing a note to a deceased loved one on a leaf or seed before leaving it on the tracks in a symbolic gesture of letting go.”

      I had been saving that lovely piece of scribbly gum bark for something special…
      & am looking forward to seeing the Fiona Hall show with my sculptor friend Bronwyn Berman very soon, haven’t been to Canberra this century!

      • Thank you so much for transcribing the text for me. I was aware of the incense spirals but not the rest of the installation.
        I hope you enjoy your visit to Canberra. If you haven’t been for a while you might be in for a bit of a shock. It’s very different these days. Let me know if you want any recommendations for dining out etc.

        • Mo Crow says:

          Thanks Leonie, any good suggestions for a delicious yet affordable lunch spot near the National Gallery? have only been to Canberra three times, once in the 80’s, once in the 90’s & the day Ariel came home with me after he won Best Kitten at the Canberra Royal in 2000 when he was 13 weeks old so I have been this century!

          • Hi Mo
            it seems that my first attempt to reply has disappeared into the ether! so here I go again.
            No point really in putting delicious and affordable into the same sentence for food in the parliamentary triangle. There is reasonable quality food, but nothing in the cheap eats range.
            If you are constrained by time I’d just go with the cafe at the NGA, or the cafe at the National Portrait Gallery just across the road.
            If you are happy to spend a few minutes walking (about 10 minutes) then I would suggest either the Bookplate Cafe at the National Library, or the Pork Barrel Cafe at the edge of the rose gardens in front of Old Parliament House.
            The Library also has the advantage of having the Celestial Empire exhibition on at present and an extremely good bookshop, of course.
            Speaking of shopping, I think the gift shop at the National Portrait Gallery has a much wider range of goods and books than that at the NGA (personal opinion).
            While entry to the Fiona Hall exhibition is free, you will need to pay for parking. All the national institutions in the Parliamentary triangle, including the gallery, have timed pay parking during weekdays. Parking is free at the NGA on the weekend.
            Hope this helps.

            • Mo Crow says:

              thanks for all the good tips! will probably go on the weekend so the parking will be free, Fiona Hall is one of the most fierce brave & inspiring artists working in the world today.

  2. Carol says:

    ((((Mo & Rod)))) what wonderful friends you are! That is a most beautiful gesture and remembrance of Carol… I’m sure she is flying free.

  3. Eliene says:

    Forever in the Light……May she dance on the tracks of the after life….God Bless all that travel with her!!

  4. fiberels says:

    What a very special post Mo. Makes me still and think of the eventual future …
    asking myself if I will have such dear friends too 😉

  5. handstories says:

    Beautiful ceremony & memories…sending love for you both.

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