As part of Anita Johnson Larkin’s exhibition “Come to me without a word” at the Wollongong City Gallery in October 2020, I was invited to perform an improvisation on her sculpture “Play Me, Mend Me”. The sculpture is a skilful combination of an unfinished violin and a wooden crutch, in Larkin’s signature style. It has custom made strings that stretch it’s full 1.6m length, creating 3 sounding sections of the instrument - each with its own tuning and unique timbre.
The improvisation was performed by attaching a contact mic to one of the instruments two bridges and connecting it to a delay pedal, used to create layers of this unique sounding instrument.
The performance was filmed by the Wollongong Art Gallery as part of an interview with the artist:
'Play Me, Mend Me' improvised performance