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Install at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

​​Barbara Bartos & Julie Briggs Residency

Rural Residency Program 2016/17
The Cad Factory, Narrandera NSW

Sound on Paper presents two projects exploring the apparent dichotomy between visual and audible perception.

Soundscape Instrument is an object that translates painted landscapes into sound. The ‘scores’ are detailed gouaches on paper of actual panoramas, which subsequently are perforated following unique features of the landscape. Once perforated the painting is played via a music box.


While in residence at the Cad Factory, Barbara Bartos had the opportunity to add the sound of the sky over the Riverina paddocks to the growing collection of painted soundscapes from Finland, Italy and California. Each panorama generates its unique syntonous melody – a polyphonic illustration of all the places she has experienced.

Liveline 1 & 2 were born from the collaboration of Barbara Bartos and Julie Briggs.

Departing from the unique markings made by the Scribbly Gum Moth, an insect that burrows in the bark of eucalyptus trees of South West Australia, Barbara and Julie have combined their respective practices. Barbara’s paintings track the detailed line of the moth, and Julie’s poetry is inspired by the insect’s path.
A meditation on life of sorts, a homage to anonymity, beauty and the struggle of being alive… What would the line of your life look like?

Rural Residency Program

The Cad Factory Rural Residency Program invites national and international artists to work at the Old Birrego School, a remote, disused, one room school built in 1886. The project aims to increase opportunities for exposure to high quality artistic programming in regional Australia and allow communities to engage with artistic process during the creation of major site specific artwork(s).

This program affords artists the opportunity to consider their practice within the remote horizons of the Australian landscape and its immense panorama of time and space.  Each artist will maintain a blog during their residency.


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Barbara Bartos is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the image in an experimental way through audio-visual projects, site-specific environmental interventions, drawings, paintings and prints. Her current investigations revolve around what is an image, and how different forms of perception shape its meaning. She tends to work by limiting herself to a few essential materials and, through a rigorous creative process, allows the works to self-generate somewhere at the threshold of nature and culture.
Barbara was born in Cluj, Romania. She received her B.A. in Graphic Arts from the University of Art and Design in Cluj. Subsequent to that she was awarded a 1-year Post-Graduate research fellowship at the Istituto Romeno di Cultura e Ricerca Umanistica in Venice, Italy. In 1999 she was invited to the San Francisco Art Institute as a Fulbright Fellow, from where she graduated with an MFA degree in 2001. After almost 15 years living in San Francisco, Bartos returned to Europe and is currently based in Italy.

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Julie Briggs

Julie Briggs is a writer, occasional maker and a long-time Narrandera resident. She is interested in environmental and social justice. Julie writes poetry, vignette, creative non-fiction and enjoys collaborations with visual artists.


This project is supported by Create NSW, the Regional Arts Fund, Regional Arts NSW, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery.

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