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.
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.