John Power and Joanne Mott
Art, Laneways
Blogged by: Melbourne Central 16 Mar 2016
John Power & Joanne Mott Bios
John Power combines painting, drawing, photography and CGI to make still and moving pictures. John’s recent creative practice has been in generative processes for prints, animation, and in interactive, generative video installation. His work has been recently exhibited at RMIT Design Hub; Hamer Hall for the White Night festival, C3 Gallery, Abbotsford Convent, Federation Square’s The Light in Winter festival, Melbourne Design Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Deakin University. He has been a finalist at the Australian Effects and Animation Festival, Sydney and ATOM Awards.
Joanne Mott’s art portrays growth and transformation: both literally with live plants and through abstract imagery. Her practice includes making drawings, collage, sculpture and land art. Interested in the relationship between nature and culture, she approaches the landscape as a multi-layered space, taking great delight in excavating it conceptually. She is particularly interested in gardens, as culturally produced and highly political spaces. Pandorama is Mott’s first video collaboration with John Power.
John Power & Joanne Mott
2015. Animated video work, 2:00 minutes.
Pandorama is a site-specific, linear video work that plays out an animated representation of the life cycle of the Wonga vine, indigenous to Melbourne.
The Wonga vine’s botanical name Pandorea pandorana refers to Pandora, the first woman in Greek mythology, evoking emergent knowledge and intellect. Pandorama depicts this climbing vine growing across and filling the screen space, sending out tendrils, pinate leaves, tubular creamy-white and maroon flowers then succulent green pods that mature to copper, opening to release papery seeds which flutter downward. These elements create a bold, enchanted vision of nature.
Chosen as a motif of sustainability for Melbourne, Pandorama expresses environment, change and adaptation through the transformative spectacle of the climber enlivening the walls of the Melbourne Central shopping precinct. This organic, 3D animation gives the spirit of Wonga vine a cybernetic contemporary expression, speaking to the site and sense of place.


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