Field of Breeze

Field of Breeze - Georgina Humpries -   PVC Tarpaulin, consist of air blowers, led lighting, and production ballast. 

Georgina Humphries

Field of Breeze

Reclaimed: tents, gazebos, sail spinnakers and sun-shelters, stainless steel fixing, carabiners, upholstery cotton, gaffa tape, recycled fabric webbing and rigging

420 x approx. 200-250 cm

Image courtesy of the Artist

About the Work

Field of Breeze is a kinetic installation that captures the full forces of the Rockpool winds. Emerging from the grassy knoll like a colourful mountain range, these interactive partitions funnel your vision and shift your body as you move in, around and through the installation. Made almost entirely from recycled fabric, this kaleidoscopic horizon is scattered with traces of its former use. Tent windows, air vents and camping logos are subtly embedded in the fabric surface and only reveal themselves to the curious eye of the passing onlooker. The thorny surface will puff out like a sea of stalactites, sharp in appearance but soft to the touch. The fabric landscape will engage visitors as they experience their public space in an unusual and prismatic way; walk around, crawl through, or hide behind the moving sails as the 3-dimensional patchwork articulates the wind’s invisible forces.

Whilst this installation strives to capture the public’s attention with its wind-filled stalactites and gelato-colours, underpinning its playfulness is a darker message about the throwaway culture of our times; as we discard and disengage more and more, the veracity of weather events continues to increase.

About the Artist

Georgina Humphries is a public artist living and working in Melbourne. Weaving a wide range of handmade techniques into temporary installations, set design, kids workshops and traditional sculpture, Humphries creates tangible experiences in an array of public environments. Since completing her Master of Arts (Public Art) at RMIT University in 2011, Humphries’ sculptural works have exhibited in a range public spaces including Bondi Sculpture by The Sea (2018 & 2019), Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Festival (2018), Queen Victoria Women’s Centre (2019) and most recently the State Library of Victoria (2020).

Humphries’ passion for recycled material has grown alongside a relationship with music and arts festivals over the past 10 years. She has continued to collect leftover tents, gazebos and camping gear transforming these ‘waste’ materials into kinetic installations that have been present at festivals both locally, Falls Music & Arts (2012-19) and internationally Glastonbury (2010).

Developing an engagement with local community and expanding her interest in sustainability, Humphries has also developed children’s creative experience and workshops for a number of local city councils. These include We are all Cape-Able (2019), City of Moonee Valley; Recycled Crowns (2020), City of Port Philip; and in-school Kite Festival workshops for Darebin City Council 2016 & 2017. Georgina was also invited to be a facilitator of the NGV Kids on Tour Program in 2017 & 2018 at the Bundoora Homestead.

Humphries has received several awards for her art practice, most notably Australia Council funding for New & Innovative Artworks (Bondi Sculpture by the Sea 2019), The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artist Mentor Program (Bondi Sculpture by the Sea 2018) and Emerging Artist Award at Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2018.