Mistletoe and host - three in one

Rebecca Mayo (Creator)

    Research output: Non-textual formPhysical Non-textual work


    Precarity was filmed at Bababi Marning (Cooper St) grasslands, near the Merri Creek in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. This three-in-one garment explores autonomy, control and co-operation. Printed with dye from mistletoe and eucalypt, the garment is a metaphor for the relationship between host and parasite. Traditionally perceived as destructive, the mistletoe attached to the host increases biodiversity (in the right conditions). In this work the dancers explore the potential productiveness imposed by interconnections and constraint. A live performance of this work was presented at the Monash Faculty Gallery during Impact7, Intersections and Counterpoints, (international multi-disciplinary printmaking conference). Extracting dye from mistletoe and its host (eucalypt and casuarina) in order to screenprint and dye fabric formed the starting point of this work. From here a three-in-one garment (silk chiffon and silk jersey) was constructed, each wearer connected to the next via the sleeves. The still images on glass show the garments worn by non-dancers. The work shows a stillness and deeper constraint than the moving, professionally trained bodies in the three-in-one garment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
    PublisherMADA Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield Campus
    Size150 x 70cm (5 panels)
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventImpact 7: INTERSECTIONS & COUNTERPOINTS - MADA Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 27 Sept 2011 → …


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