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Meet The Artist - Louisa Bufardeci at Linden New Art

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Louisa Bufardeci has a current exhibition running at Linden New Art, 26 Acland St, St Kilda titled Figuring which runs till 4 September 2022 from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 4pm. It features over 100 string figures made of face-mask elastic, pinned across the walls of three galleries. Read the catalogue here. Inspired by a popular game in school playgrounds, Bufardeci's string figures are not complete. They come from attempts to make something fully formed but they are tense, slack and entangled. Like abstract Rorschach ink blots, the figures offer hints and suggestions of things that already exist in the world such as animals, objects or scenes. However, they also suggest other things or ideas that don't already exist

Meet the Artist

Meet the Artist is your chance to find out more about this body of work. Join Louisa on Sunday 7 August 2022 from 2-3pm at Linden New Art by registering here to attend. These string figures are attempts deciphered from a book published in 1906 by anthropologist Caroline Furness Jayne, titled String Figures: A study of cat's cradle in many lands. This experimental work exists in a constant state of becoming and potential. The work examines the idea that the process of figuring something out can be an end in itself.

This is what Louisa had to say - "String figures, like images in art, can be literal, symbolic, and metaphorical, sometimes all at once. They hold abstract ideas and concepts that are not already formed, figured or figurable...What string figuring has introduced particularly for me is the question of how to figure something before it exists. In this sense it is a figuring that is also a kind of conjuring. So, I started to ask myself the question, what can we figure out for ourselves today with string figures?"

Crafternoon for Kids - Fun Workshop

Louisa is running a fun workshop for kids on Saturday 30 August 2022 from 2-3.30pm and it's free. All you need to do is register to attend. Kids will be taught a range of string figures inspired by her current exhibition Figuring, and they'll be introduced to string figure classics such as Cat's Whiskers, Jacob's Ladder and The Broom. Rules will be out the door as kids are encouraged to practice playfully, making up their own figures and seeing what images can be created. They can create by themselves or with others which combines the skills of collaboration, and dexterity of imaginations and figures. The workshop will be run as a drop-in session and kids can stay as long or as little as they like.

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Why? Meet the Artist - Louisa Bufardeci
When: Sunday 7 August 2022 from 2-3pm
Where: Linden New Art, Boonwurrung Country, 26 Acland St, St Kilda, VIC
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