Ripping Fencing From the Ground, 2014
HD video, 6:10, looped
courtesy the artist
Shot in a stormy evening on my parent’s property in Megalong, Ripping Fencing From the Ground is a site-specific intervention focused on the use of an old boundary fence. The fence represents a rupture of the natural passageways within the rural environment. Moreover, fences establish a demarcated and specialized use of the hillsides, plains and valleys; marking a new combination of materials, both organic and inorganic, to serve a regulated purpose – the management of worthwhile farming property. The fence controls the otherwise free-flowing nature of the landscape.
However, within the semi-domestic realm of the pastoral landscape, the humble fence is not a permanent solution to space management. It is subject to periods of sustained use, abuse and subsequent decay. Old fences become rusted and begin to sag. As a result of this eventual degradation, fences no longer serve a utilitarian purpose; thus, the transient nature of man-made boundaries becomes evident. It is here, at this point of decay, that we may observe the breaking apart of the signifying elements of the fence. A crafted tool becomes useless and through losing it’s structural reliability; steel wire, star-pickets and logged fence-posts now become technological detritus – fed through a process of organic and technological adaptations and finally, a natural reclamation occurs.
Bryden Williams is a conceptually driven artist working in the fields of sculpture, video, photography and installation. He completed his Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts in 2012 and will be undertaking his Master of Fine Arts via research at SCA in 2015. He is currently based between Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
Williams’ work invites the audience to consider our environment as an augmented space composed of both organic and artificial stimuli.