Through melting frujus of colour and the stilled repetition of a preset lady-hand, I revisit moments of an afternoon spent music making.
These drawings are rhizomatic, opening to comics for friends to read, musical scores, a schematic for laying my noise table, mapping, and documentation. I am interested in the role of thoughtful, contemplative, non-productivity-driven gestures in art-making. Looking to the art labour of myself and my community, I see how in the sustaining abundant practices of listening and drawing we emphasise joyous fragments of time. The accompanying track 'Krd Shangri Las' invites you to an afternoon in my Karangahape Rd apartment.
Beth Dawson aka Ducklingmonster is an audio-visual artist from Onehunga, Auckland | Tāmaki Makaurau, New Zealand | Aotearoa. She investigates out-of-bounds areas through a range of practices with a focus on community empowerment. Publicly her work has predominantly been in experimental sound performance, most notably in the group The Futurians, and solo as Ducklingmonster. Blatantly and happily ignoring the restrictions of media she works in sound, ink, video, broken electronics, and whatever else takes her fancy. She is a founding member of Tāmaki Makaurau based art collective Uniform. In 2022 she completed a Masters Of Visual Art at AUT receiving the Head of School award for her practice-based research into elevating and valuing that which is temporary, collective, amateur, and improvised.