Don't Stare at the Sun/ for Too Long

 

2019

Aluminium, ceramic, inherited artefacts, textiles, digital video, mylar foil.

This major project explores communication and bravery as elemental to resilience. In collaboration with my dad Greg Perejuan, an amateur aviator since he was 16, I built a 1:1 scale facsimile of his ultralight aircraft. The grand gesture is an examination of complicated personal histories, the aircraft symbolising critical points of disruption and connection in my family as well as an overarching drive for adventure that forms a basis for hope.

Having not seen or flown in the plane since I was 17, I built engine and control components from memory or photographs in ceramics during a residency in Japan at the Shigaraki Ceramic Culture Park, to unite with an accurate structural replica working with dad back in Australia over 6 months. Some parts are functional, the parts I learned proper skills. Other parts are wrong and useless in context, made of totally inappropriate materials; these are the grey areas representing fragmented legacy. The result is still evolving, to which Amy will continue to add, like a family quilt.

Solo exhibition at PS Artspace, Fremantle Western Australia November 29th - December 19th 2019.

Please see extended artist statement and exhibition essay by Emma Buswell here.

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Don't Stare at the Sun for Too Long inst

Image by Amy Perejuan-Capone

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Don't Stare at the Sun for Too Long inst

Image by Roger D'Souza

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Don't Stare at the Sun for Too Long inst

Image by Amy Perejuan-Capone

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Don't Stare at the Sun for Too Long
Don't Stare at the Sun for Too Long

Image by Amy Perejuan-Capone

Don't Stare at the Sun for Too Long
Don't Stare at the Sun for Too Long

Image by Roger D'Souza

Don't Stare at the Sun for Too Long
Don't Stare at the Sun for Too Long

Image by Amy Perejuan-Capone

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Don't Stare at the Sun for Too Long

Image by Amy Perejuan-Capone

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Legacy 1, 2019
Legacy 1, 2019

Video still, image by Amy Perejuan-Capone

Skins, 2019
Skins, 2019

Gold mylar foil (emergency blanket). Image by Amy Perejuan-Capone

Magic Hour, 2019 & Toshiba CTV, 2019
Magic Hour, 2019 & Toshiba CTV, 2019

Ceramics and miniature CTV. Image by Roger D'Souza

Legacy 1, 2019
Legacy 1, 2019

Video still, image by Amy Perejuan-Capone

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This project was generously supported by the WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Fremantle Art Centre, and Midland Junction Art Centre.

 

The biggest thanks also go to Greg Perejuan and Jacobus Capone.