Nests in Isolation

Rachel Anne Buch
   
January
   
7
 -  
January
   
18
"This work was about privately exploring neighbourhoods, connecting with my immediate surroundings and creating adventures in the ordinary."

INFORMATION

My name is Rachel Anne Buch (RAB) and I am an artist from Sydney. My usual practice is to create large, life sized nests that are interactive. My artworks are designed to create a sense of community in the audience through collaboration and a relaxed performance setting. After doing a year of residencies and performances in the NorthernTerritory, Adelaide, Port Noarlunga, Paris, London, Edinburgh and Sydney, it was a really confronting contrast to suddenly bring my practice to a new COVID environment. I needed to create a body of work without an audience. 

 

Nests in Isolation was the opposite of my usual work. My nests are usually a symbol of connecting people and communities in a performative, interactive event. This work was about privately exploring neighbourhoods, connecting with my immediate surroundings and creating adventures in the ordinary. For this show I created tiny, hand sized nests with wool, yarn and objects found around my apartment (like broken chargers and Mardi Gras necklaces) and took photos of them on my phone in areas that were walking distance from my home in Newtown. 

 

I decided to exhibit this body of work as a symbol of moving forward from this year, and also moving away from social isolation and entering the public sphere. However, this body of work also brought me closer to another form of connection. To feeling close and connected to your surroundings and appreciating the small wonders that make your local area special. 

My name is Rachel Anne Buch (RAB) and I am an artist from Sydney. My usual practice is to create large, life sized nests that are interactive. My artworks are designed to create a sense of community in the audience through collaboration and a relaxed performance setting. After doing a year of residencies and performances in the NorthernTerritory, Adelaide, Port Noarlunga, Paris, London, Edinburgh and Sydney, it was a really confronting contrast to suddenly bring my practice to a new COVID environment. I needed to create a body of work without an audience. 

 

Nests in Isolation was the opposite of my usual work. My nests are usually a symbol of connecting people and communities in a performative, interactive event. This work was about privately exploring neighbourhoods, connecting with my immediate surroundings and creating adventures in the ordinary. For this show I created tiny, hand sized nests with wool, yarn and objects found around my apartment (like broken chargers and Mardi Gras necklaces) and took photos of them on my phone in areas that were walking distance from my home in Newtown. 

 

I decided to exhibit this body of work as a symbol of moving forward from this year, and also moving away from social isolation and entering the public sphere. However, this body of work also brought me closer to another form of connection. To feeling close and connected to your surroundings and appreciating the small wonders that make your local area special. 

FEATURED WORKS

Day 11, 17th of April (agitated), nest photo, 2020
Day 12, 18th of April (proud, adventurous), photo of nest, 2020
Day - 10, 29th of March (anxious), photo of nest, 2020
Day 51, 27th of May (optimistic), photo of nest, 2020
Day 43, 19th of May (in love), photo of nest, 2020

OTHER EXHIBITIONS