Ricocheting quietly between photographic landscapes
, drawn abstractions and poetic recollections, this artist's book assumes the form of a deferred performance. Serving as a kind of response to the French artist and experimental musician's recent sonic and visual output, the book comprises a series of film stills shot during her travels to New Mexico and Arizona, overlaid with a collection of at once crude and delicate drawings
made in Australia.
Co-published by Shelter Press and Perimeter Editions to coincide with Atkinson's Australian tour, Ambient Park
echoes of Brian Eno's On Land
or The Plateaux of Mirror
(with Harold Budd
) as astutely as it offers a nod to the untethered line work and colour of Clifford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, Amy Sillman
or John Baldessari
Working to navigate a path across real lands, negative spaces and psychic topographies, Ambient Park
manifests in the filmic trace, the words that spring to mind and the lines the body can draw.
Félicia Atkinson (born 1981 in Paris, lives and works in Brussels) is graduated with Honors from l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and studied also anthropology and contemporary dance. She is a sound
and visual artist, an experimental musician
and the co-publisher of the independent imprint Shelter Press
Her paintings, drawings, sculptures and musical compositions are mostly abstract. Her work takes its sources from the American tradition of painting (Morris Louis, Cy Twombly
, Richard Tuttle
) and from avant-gardes figures who worked on chance and randomness (Fluxus
, John Cage
, La Monte Young...) as much as feminist figures in music and art.