Art On Stage - Sandbanks Music Festival 2018!
The grouping of words above is the foundation for Suendrini's latest art on stage, PROTECT, created especially for Sandbanks Music Festival 2018. PROTECT is left open to interpretation, so that you, the reader, can connect with the piece in your own way.
Method and Details
Faces: This is Suendrini's first attempt at creating human faces in a stage-art installation. Graphic and modern elements are characterized in the elongated, bare-featured profiles that emphasize their two-dimensional flatness.
Some of the faces in PROTECT are that of dealmakers, speaking over endangered mammals with a tanker spill in the background. The toxic mix depicted is one of bitumen sand and diluent. Under the word “Progress,” where the quotes signify irony, Suendrini attempts to capture in colourful textile the prism rainbow-like effect oil has on water.
The faces to the right are that of protestors, defending the natural environment as chinook salmon swim by.
Southern Resident Killer Whales: On the right is an ethereal hot air balloon with the word Protect stitched in. Cradled below by repurposed marine ropes is a scene of grief and mourning. This section of the installation is Suendrini's reinterpretation of a recent, moving watercolour painting, SEE ME, by Washington State artist, Lori Christopher. The piece sent her imagination in search of her own idea of the loss and letting go felt by J35, nicknamed Tahlequah, who is the 20-year-old orca mother and member of the long-studied J Pod of Southern Resident Killer Whales. Suendrini hopes to present this art installation, which is based on true life events that are presently unfolding, again in the near future. Please visit her website for future updates.
Art On Stage 2017 - Sandbanks
Good Reef! Helping The Dusk and Dawn Chorus
In Good Reef! Helping The Dusk and Dawn Chorus, Suendrini shines a spotlight on a report on new audio recordings of fish choruses around dusk and dawn of the coral reef habitat, off Western Australia - like birds on land! The findings go on to reveal, these natural soundscapes are useful for fish and other reef dwellers, like coral. The recordings are part of a larger quest to understand reef ecosystems by listening to their inhabitants amid altering ocean chemistry and warming water temperatures brought on by climate change.
The four-piece up cycled textile art installation took numerous hours to sort, handcut, fold, form, pleat, tuck and sew. Locally-sourced remnant marine ropes were added as further accents of colour and texture, much like its real-life inspiration. Shimmering, blue-green lights transofrmed the outdoor stage as headliners, Great Lake Swimmers brought their melodic and reflective sound to the underwater scene scape.
Art On Stage 2016 - Sandbanks
The projections in the The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Environmental Outlook to 2050 suggest that freshwater availability will be strained unless new policies, awareness building and actions are taken to improve the current outlook.
Sandbanks Music Festival 2016’s art on stage was inspired by Japanese artist of the Edo period, Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic pieces on Water. Suendrini created a five-piece customized art installation, titled, “Blue” that brought awareness to the powerful subject matter.
Art On Stage 2015 - Sandbanks
Secret Beach, Prince Edward County, 2014
Secret Beach Prince Edward County, was Suendrini’s inaugural art installation on our stage. Her six by five foot hanging textile landscape did not disappoint and kept some in our audience guessing, as it was described as being a “3D-like painting”. Created from meticulously hand cut and sewn pieces of reclaimed textiles, the enigmatic and historic Lakeshore Lodge lookout-point, inside Sandbanks Provincial Park is a frozen snapshot in time, in its elemental glory on a late summer’s day.
Art On Stage 2016 - County Pop
Stage art installation, "Ode To Prince and Green For All" Photo of Ron Sexsmith by Michael Lindon