Austrian born, Adelaide-based artist Cynthia Schwertsik works in the genres of visual art and contemporary performance with participatory inclusion. In her practice she engages with and navigates the everyday world utilising common objects (such as chairs) and public spaces (such as footpaths), often subverting their familiar functionality and societal roles with humorous interventions.
For The Collections Project Schwertsik explores the Post-object and Documentation collection held by Flinders University Art Museum. Initiated by Donald Brook, the collection includes photographs, artist books, prints and audio-visual material that document Australia’s conceptual art making of the 1960s and 70s within the context of the international movement. For the South Australian Living Artists Festival Schwertsik will present new video and performance art influenced by artworks in the collection by Aleks Danko, Tim and Vivien Johnson, and David Thorp, to comment on the Australian ecological footprint.
The Collections Project is a collaboration between Guildhouse and Flinders University Art Museum that provides artists with the opportunity to engage with the Museum’s collections and staff to create new work for exhibition. Guildhouse is the leading South Australian organisation supporting and creating connections for South Australian creative practitioners.
Cynthia Schwertsik, Mutton Cove 1, 2018, digital image, © courtesy the artist, Photographer Jennifer Hofmann