Miriam Williamson is a sound and visual artist based in the Blue Mountains. Her creative practice originated in post-punk and electronic music, before expanding to visual art. Her collaboration with Itch-ee and Scratch-ee on the track Sweetness and Light won the inaugural Aria Award for Best Dance Track. Williamson has exhibited work in solo and group shows and has work in private collections here and in the UK. Along with artist Brad Allen-Waters, Williamson currently co-directs the artist run initiative, The SLAB, based in Hazelbrook, in the Blue Mountains, and she has had a long association with critically acclaimed MAP Projects.
Bag Hut explores shifts in memory, time and place. While memory fogs individual perception, the landscape embraces all. The family tree, burdened by its own weight, drops a branch here and there. The work references the temporary depression-era hut built by my grandfather in Kandos in 1923. He moved across from Hill End, seeking work in the local mines and eventually the cement works. Bag Hut is a site-specific installation sourcing local materials similar to those my grandfather used. The site shares the same aspect as the original structure, looking out to Cherry Tree Hill with Mount Rocky behind.
My creative practice spans sound, visual arts and production of arts events. Originating in post-punk and electronic music I have collaborated with various artists contributing lyrics, vocals, synth, saw and bow. I create small-scale visual works in a range of media including solar printing. Both my visual and sound works echo that which has been: the imprint of memory, loss, and connection to place. Kandos born, my work for Cementa 17 will display strong familial bonds and correlation to the environment.