Penelope Thompson - Installation Art, Jeju Island

photos of outdoor installations suspended from trees, Jeju Island, 2006
Penelope Thompson is an Australian contemporary artist working internationally. Her work includes outdoor and indoor installation art , performance art , and interactive community art events.

Jeju Installation Art Festival, 2006

In August 2006, the artist was invited to Jeju Island, Korea to take part in the Jeju Installation Art Festival (JIAF 2006). The venue was parkland in Jeju City, and the invited international artists were asked to construct outdoor installation artworks to suit the environment. Penelope created two large works to be suspended from trees in the parkland - "Dreamweaver" and "Raintrees". Both of these works utilised a man-made material (clear plastic) in combination with the natural organic forms of nature.

"Dreamweaver" installation

installation art 'Dreamweaver' - flowing lines of plastic suspended between two trees
The basic materials used for "Dreamweaver" were sellotape and plastic foodwrap, plus a few fallen leaves and a bird's nest found on the grass beneath the trees. The artist wanted to make a really ephemeral looking piece to express the idea of images in the mind's eye. In effect she was drawing or weaving with the plastic wrap on a background of sellotape, and the shadows made by the afternoon sun added a third dimension to the work.

"Images constantly flow and change - a bird, a cloud, the wind, a fish are all connected. Dreams and reality are all the same in the mind's eye."
Penelope Thompson - artist's statement for 'Dreamweaver'.

"Raintrees" installation

installation art called'Raintrees'- long water-filled plastic raindrops hanging from tree branches In "Raintrees" - the artist wanted to express the feeling of the heavy, cool raindrops of the summer rainy season in Korea.

The materials used were clear plastic tubing, partially filled with water and air. These giant raindrops were tied to the branches of trees, and suspended a few inches above the ground. The audience could walk under the trees between the raindrops swaying in the breeze. This installation remained hanging in the trees of the park for two weeks.

posted 14/05/2007 by Penelope Thompson

Links to more photos and videos of Penelope's outdoor art

posted 13/08/2009 by Penelope Thompson
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. Oscar Wilde.