WATER LIFE BATH HOUSE ~ BATHING OBJECTS

Cassandra Smith

3 - 30 June 2018

Opening June 7 6-8pm

 

Dear Bather,

We, the Bathing Objects of Water Life Bath House (WLBH), invite you to visit us at Mailbox Art Space, from 3-30 June. Our opening celebration is June 7, 6-8pm. We offer you nothing more or less than our sculptural selves.

We are here for you. Obscure forms hand-built in wax and cast in bronze, we are abstract prompts, weighty assistance, and shiny reflective surfaces encouraging a robust dialogue with your dreamy, associative, playful side while you’re bathing with us. We ask you: what spaces and states of mind encourage a casual intimacy with your body, and an entanglement with time, space and earthly materials?

(Other possibilities: we could help you through a break up. We could witness you soaping your armpits. We could listen to you sing. We could make good friends with your pet rock. We could unlock an association in your thought stream that was deeply forgotten. We could mystify a housemate. We could sit on your leg, your shoulder, your head, your back, belly, foot, knee, thigh, genitals, neck...)

We Bathing Objects exist in three modes: firstly as physically occupying the mailboxes at Mailbox Art Space, secondly as rented and escorted by you, the bather, to share your very own bathing space together. And finally as a imaginative prompt for conjuring WLBH into existence.

During this exhibition, on the Winter Solstice of 2018, a communal bathing event will mark the (negative) ten-year anniversary of the official launch of WLBH in 2028.

Cassandra Smith will sit Mailbox as a Bath Worker to exchange the Bathing Objects during gallery open hours on every Wednesday and Sunday of the exhibition, and by appointment. Please see @waterlifebathhouse on instagram, or www.cassandrasmith.info (from June 7) for more information. Enquiries to waterlifebathhouse@gmail.

Bathing Object images courtesy Max Milne. Accompanying text and poem available at Mailbox courtesy Morgan Jones.

Mailbox Art Space operates on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded, and acknowledge them as Traditional custodians of these lands. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Cassandra has been bathing since before birth, in the womb. She believes bath-derived wisdom can have profound impacts on the wellbeing of individuals and communities. Capsule projects, such as her ‘Bathing Objects’ and ‘Bath Mixes’, inform her ambitious 10- year project, Water Life Bath House. WLBH is envisaged as an art-space, bath-house and community space in Naarm/Melbourne, to be launched on the Winter Solstice of the year 2028. Her solo art practice uses sculpture, writing, installation, and gesture to discover alternate and gently expansive modes of being, based on sensitivity to space and material. Her collective arts practice involves social practices, space-making and events about being and time with While the Hour collective (formed 2017) and as a member of the Council of SVOO.