Someone's waste is another's treasure, as the saying goes, which becomes the heart of recycling, re-inventing and transforming material from one form into another. The George Farmer Building is a testament from which detritus springs into a new built form. The same could be said of plant life, the hardy tenacious weed that shoots new growth through cracks in concrete where the conditions for life emerge from very slim margins. Detritus Springs is a performance, installation and video that from a smoke-filled place of post-apocalyptic illusion re-creates the potential for new life in a form that is perhaps unfamiliar.
Jill Orr has delighted, shocked and moved audiences through her performance installations which she has presented in cities such as Paris, Beijing, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Antwerp New York, Toronto, Quebec City, Graz, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane from the late nineteen seventies to now.Orr's work centres on issues of the psycho- social and environmental where she draws on land and identities as they are shaped in, on and with the environment be it country or urban locales. Her practice grapples with the balance and discord that exists at the heart of relations between the human spirit, art and nature.
Orr was represented in the inaugural Venice International Performance Art Week in 2012 where she presented The Promised Land to international acclaim. She has since been one of ten international performance artists to present at the Bipolar Performance Art Meeting in Sopot, Poland with the performance Trilogy 1- We create the image together, 2014. Orr has mesmerized audiences with her most recent work, Trilogy 2-Listen for the MAP Festival, Melaka, Malaysia, 2014 and Trilogy 3- To Choose, for the 2015 performance for Performance Presence, Video Time curated by Anne Marsh at the AEAF, Adelaide.
Jill Orr received the Australia Council Fellowship and has created Antipodean Epic which is presented as photographic, video and site-specific live performance. It was shown Mildura Palimpsest #10, 2015 followed by Antipodean Epic- The Quarry for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, 2016 and later to MIP 3, the Belo Horizonte Biennale, Brazil.
'Jill Orr is a fiery artist and her work expresses the beauty, power and spiritual depth that is her trademark.' - Helen Vivian
Press release courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY dianne tanzer + nicola stein.