Rodiyah Fiedorowicz is a freelance writer living in Melbourne. She enjoys reviewing live music, art exhibitions and cultural events taking place around the city.
Published June 19th 2012
The long-forgotten art of penfriends is brought to life this week in a project between Melbourne and Hong Kong based artists belonging to the RMIT Master of Fine Arts program.
Penpals: Post-Conversation explores the nature of both being and having a penpal and the connections that can form through this long distance relationship. Handwritten letters provided the connection between two groups of artists, one group in Melbourne and one in Hong Kong. Each pair of penpals then used these letters to explore gain insight into both the personal and practical, despite cultural and geographical boundaries. The resulting artworks, based on a shared concept, reflect both the similarities and differences cultural context and location lend to artists work.
Penpals: Post-Conversation is curated by Coalesce ARI, a collective of emerging artists who explore the 'overlooked art' that occurs between mediums, exhibition and performance using experimental collaborations. The exhibition features work from Aliça Bryson-Haynes, Claire Robertson, Shae Rooke, Lizzy Sampson, April Challis, Margaret Wong, Daphne Ho and Gloria Yip. Each artists work reflects how they interpreted their shared concept, while the letters provide insight into the creative and personal connection that occurs through the act of sharing letters.
Penpals: Post-Conversation runs from Tuesday 19th-Friday 29th June, with opening night Wednesday 20th from 5-7pm and Floor Talk taking place Thursday 21st June from 1-1:30pm. Visit the exhibition at RMIT School of Art Gallery, Building 2 Level 2, Bowen street, Melbourne.