Castlemaine State Festival presents
There is No Shame in Delight
Helen Mathwin & Hermione Merry
There is No Shame in Delight tells a visual story of dogged determination, the shedding of outer skin, a return to the real, to the dirt, to the self and to each other. This two-channel video installation from local artists and frequent collaborators Helen Mathwin and Hermione Merry, concludes with the question, after the climax, the crash, the apocalypse-what now?
Helen Mathwin is a visual artist and co-founder of Wide Open Road Art based in Castlemaine, Victoria. Helen Frequently collaborates with artists Susie Elliott and Hermione Merry to explore issues relating to connection and scale. Individually this enquiry is concerned with colonisation and the concept of home. These questions underpin her current PhD candidature at LaTrobe University. Over the last few years her work has been primarily public, performative and/or installation based. She strongly believes in the radical potential of public art.
Hermione Merry is a Castlemaine based video and installation artist. Her practice is collaborative. Hermione’s practice centres around an exploration of the unknown, utilising symbolism, magic realism, the theatrical and the filmic to explore the mysteries of identity, space, place and emotion. Hermione’s work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.