Ben Morieson: Fieldwork

 Site address: 59 Alfred St, Kensington

‘Fieldwork’ is a celebration of agricultural traditions and a way of giving city dwellers a way to connect with the origin of food sources. Morieson uses a private vacant block in order to create a visually stunning field of sunflowers. This former site of a spring factory will become a field of golden yellow, juxtaposed against warehouse buildings, factory walls, a train line and a freeway.

“I am using a private vacant block in order to create a visually stunning field of sunflowers. This former site of a spring factory will become a field of golden yellow, juxtaposed against warehouse buildings, factory walls, a train line and a freeway. If you were to fly over this site the landscape would appear to have yellow block of color sitting incongruously amongst a dull grey industrial landscape,” Morieson says.

‘Fieldwork’ reinforces the cyclical nature of agricultural practice. The audience will see the installation change and metamorphosis over a period of time. They will be able to view this artwork from its bloom to its wither and then its eventual renewal again.

RMIT School of Art Gallery
6 to 14 March, 2014
Melbourne

Full flower bloom, early January 2014.
Image: Sarah Hardgrove

  • News of your project reached me via Twitter this morning, as since 2011 I have run The Big Sunflower project in the UK, which aims to raise awareness of the rare neuromuscular conditions centronuclear and myotubular myopathy by getting people to grow sunflowers. The project has had people from the UK, Europe and America take part in it and one day I hope that sunflowers will be grown in Australia too.