Dirt and ash

Document Type

Creative work

Publication details

Fell, F & O'Dempsey 2018, 'Dirt and ash', immersive multimedia installation, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, NSW.


Dirt and Ash displays a dynamic exchange between two mid-career artists. Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey explore the links between artists’ bodies, ceramic sculpture and performance drawing and video, inquiring into the nature of each other’s creative processes. As works are built, stacked, re-formed and incorporated through performance and live drawing the underbelly of their creative practices is exposed. Sharing the material relationships of clay and charcoal the shared experience of loss and survival is uncovered (in terms of life and their creative processes). Fiona Fell and Kellie O'Dempsey dramatize their perseverant search for presence, synchronising moments in the studio as performance.