Full of Sound

Caleb Kelly & Vicky Browne

Caleb Kelly: It seems to me that numerous artists in Australia are approaching sound in art through materials. On the face of it this might seem a little strange as sound is not a material object (certainly not in the way we usually think about materials in an art context). In your work, materials have always played a central role in artworks that make sound, make us think about sound and/or point to sound culture and technology.

Vicky Browne: I originally studied sculpture at art school. Conversations concerning materials/materiality were often played out. When I got excited about sound (producing, recording and performing), I translated those dialogues and thoughts about materiality into what I was making. Also, I have always been interested in using things at hand, such as domestic materials, things from my immediate environment (as opposed to going to the art supply shop). I think about how sound plays out in those everyday materials and how we use objects that produce sound in an everyday way.

Vicky Browne
Gramophone  2013
Found wood, found copper, metal, 135 x 157 75 cm
Artbank collection, Purhcased 2013

I do think that every object, thing, material has a known sound. The way we know a material is not only through sight or touch, part of knowing the material is sensing the sound it makes. For instance, if we take a piece of wood we sense the sound it would make if we drummed our fingers onto it, hence it is part of the way we know the material.


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