This month six Northern Rivers Artists inspired by the botanical term “epicormic” meaning new or adventitious growth from a dormant bud, or after trauma have responded to the epicormic concept as a lens for re-authoring through artistic practice after difficult personal experiences of trauma. This artist-run initiative includes artists Julie Barratt, Scott Trevelyan, Jeremy Hawkes, Julianne Zoviar Clunne, Marion Conrow and Paul Andrew. This artist-run collaboration also celebrates ten years of activities at Willowbank Studio in Alstonville and the extraordinary anniversary group exhibition Decade of Catharsis.
Thank you dear dark Darkslider for this evocative music for the ‘Strange Vignettes’ video artwork I made for my art installation as part of the Epicormia Collective artist-run exhibition | The Re-authoring Impulse exhibition back in 2016 !!! https://darkslidermusic.com/strange-vignettes/
Thank you dear Scott Trevelyan and Susie Forster for making this terrific micro doc, and for kindly sharing it on You Tube, it captures the shared feeling of epicormic joy and rapture.
Thank you dear artist designer and community leader Joanna Kambourian for your impassioned and unwavering support during the past decade I am truly grateful. Thanks everyone involved in this arts and diffability ARI [2014-2017] hopefully it will inspire others to start an ARI in the Northern Rivers and anywhen too. Here is the link to our DIY zine as community archives project is here : https://au.blurb.com/b/7460964-epicormia-collective-the-re-authoring-impulse
The Epicormia Collective comprises six artists working in poetic ways directly or indirectly engaging with the botanical metaphor “epicormic”, i.e. meaning ‘ adventitious growth after trauma’.
The Re-authoring Impulse is the project we are working on now and it comprises both a museum-quality gallery installation and direct participation in a transmedia engagement development methodology via social media, public gallery programs and the web site listed below in development throughout 2014 to 2017.
Artists in the 2016 museum quality exhibition project including Julie Milner Barratt, Scott Trevelyan, Marion Conrow, Jeremy Hawkes, Julianne Zoviar Clunne , Paul Andrew and a selection of artists living and working with diffability at Willowbank Studios curated by Scott Trevelyan.
Definition: Epicormic – Growing from a dormant or adventitious bud.
Epicormic Etymology: Origin. Early 20th century: from epi- ‘upon’ + Greek kormos ‘tree trunk’.
Adventitious – happening as a result of an external factor or chance rather than design or inherent nature.
Epicormia is a play on the history of prescriptive and closed medical wording; this parodic term is nature-inspired, artist-devised and not psychotherapeutically-devised. Significantly Epicormia is poetic and open-ended in meaning, ambit and intentionality.