Artist Livonne Larkins was named an Accessible Arts and Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence. She will spend a week at the Bundanon property (27 August to 3 September) working to advance her arts practice.
We invited her to share images of her work and to answer a few questions.
Accessible Arts: What is the focus of your arts practice?
Livonne Larkins: I consider myself to be a storyteller. I am primarily a conceptual/composite photographer but I also write, paint and sculpt. My work has its basis in the art of fairy tales as they delve into the darkness of human behaviour while hope and love always win out. Hope is uppermost in all my work. It is the most important element.
AA: Why did you apply to be an artist-in-residence?
LL: I applied for the Bundanon Trust residency as I believed it would be a fantastic opportunity to completely immerse myself in my art without the distractions of everyday life. I also hope to absorb the beauty of the area and be around like-minded people whose souls are also fed by art.
AA: How do you plan to spend your time at Bundanon?
LL: I plan to spend my time working on an installation – How Many Flicks Till the Fly Flew Away. It is the second part of From Fractured to Fairytale which tells my life as a fairy tale. This part is a story of overcoming domestic violence and is told in a way that’s inspired by Beauty and the Beast.
AA: At the end of the residency, what do you hope to have achieved?
LL: At the end of the residency, I would hope to have achieved not just the bones of this body of work, but a greater understanding of how other artists advance their arts practice and what inspires them. As for my own practice, I hope to have worked on props for the installation as well as having finished all the shooting and begun the editing process.
What is the Accessible Arts and Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program?
This program involves spending a week at Bundanon Trust and was opened to emerging and mid-career professional writers (all media), visual artists and musicians. Each recipient had to be living and/or working in New South Wales and identify as being Deaf or as a person with disability. Applications for this program closed on 13 June.
Feature image: Where Troubles Melt (detail), 2016, by Livonne Larkins
This page was first published on 21 August 2018.